Investment in education and training is the key to help ethnic minority
groups living in remote areas overcome poverty, National Assembly (NA)
deputies suggested at a conference on the socio-economic development in
According to government reports, ethnic minority
groups residing in upland areas have been facing many difficulties due a
lack of infrastructure systems and flaws in agricultural production
technology that is holding back production.
There is only 0.1
ha of farming land per capita, with the situation particularly difficult
for the Pa Then group with only 0.04 ha. The annual average income per
capita among ethnic minority groups currently 2.17 million VND (103
USD), but for some groups with a very small population such as Chut and
Lo Lo, this figure is much lower at only 1.6 million VND (76 USD).
More than 54.2 percent of ethnic minority households are living in poverty in these areas.
Vice chairwoman of Lao Cai province's People's Committee Ha Thi Nga
said the Ministry of Education and
Training should coordinate with
relevant agencies to make changes in education methodology for ethnic
children, especially at kindergarten and primary levels so they can
develop appropriate knowledge.
Meanwhile, Deputy head of the NA
delegation from Cao Bang province, La Ngoc Thoang, said it is necessary
for authority officers working in these areas to attend training
courses so that they can better deal with land, production and
Only when the abilities of officers are improved can state policies be effectively implemented, he said.
Vice President of NA's Ethnic Council Trieu Thi Nai said that a
limited knowledge of science and technology has limited the production
activities of ethnic people in remote regions.
She also said that target investment projects had largely failed to meet development demand.
Nai suggested that the Government should allocate more resources for the improvement of infrastructure systems.
Deputy chairwoman of the NA, Tong Thi Phong, said relevant agencies
should coordinate with each other in order to solve issues that are
hindering the development of the ethnic people.-VNA