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Disadvantaged children and their demands for education have drawn theattention of many delegates at a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on May21.

The event was co-organised by the centre forhealth education and future community development and the JusticeInitiatives Facilitation Fund, which is sponsored by the EuropeanCommission, Denmark and Sweden .


The delegates shared views on challenges hindering efforts to assist children living in difficulty to go to school.


Ta Vang Duc, Rector of the Hospitality School of Ho Chi Minh City,considered vocational training as the most suitable option for childrenwho, for some reason, cannot pursue their academic studies and areliving on the streets.


He also underscored the needfor teachers to equip themselves with psychological skills to understandtheir students’ characteristics, as homeless children have to earntheir living at a very early age and have no relatives standing by toencourage them.


A representative of a charity housefor children in the city pointed to difficulties regarding finance,facilities and teachers’ knowledge that make it impossible for them toprovide a full education for disadvantaged children.


According to Duong Phuong Hanh, Secretary General of the InternationalFederation of Hard of Hearing People, only middle schools in Vietnamreceive children with hearing loss while a significant number of themdesire to follow into higher education.


MA Le MinhCong from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences andHumanities proposed the coordination of regular schools and charitycentres in this field.


Both the family and school need to join hands to build children’s confidence to learn, he said.


His views were shared by many delegates at the workshop, who suggestedthe expansion of social activities for children in difficulty.-VNA









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