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Vietnam Projects - Basic Vietnamese Literacy Facts


In 2003 Vietnam’s literacy rate was 94 percent, including 95.8 percent for men and 92.3 percent for women. However, educational attainment was less impressive. Although five years of primary school education was considered compulsory and 92 percent of eligible children were enrolled in primary school in 2000, only two-thirds completed the fifth grade. The cost of tuition, books, and uniforms and the need to supplement family income are the two main reasons for dropping out. A huge disparity exists in primary school enrollment between the cities and rural parts of Vietnam. In some rural areas, only 10 to 15 percent of the children progress beyond third grade, whereas almost 96 percent of pupils in Ho Chi Minh City complete fifth grade. In 2000 enrollment in secondary school was only 62.5 percent, much lower than in primary school. One of the government’s goals is to expand access to secondary education.


Lao Cai, Vietnam

Vietnam Project: Sa Pa Primary School, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam.


We are currently in discussions with a local primary school in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. Lao Cai is an extremely remote and impoverished province of the mountainous Northwest region of Vietnam bordering the province of Yunnan in PR China. With more than 20 ethnic groups, Lao Cai is a melting pot of cultures and history. Ethnic Vietnamese are the majority, with 25 Vietnam's ethnic minority groups accounting for 64.09% of its population.


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