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Dong Thap (VNA) – As many as 800,000 people in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap have got rid of illiteracy thanks to the “Summer Culture Light” Campaign, which was launched by local youth in 1996. 

The beneficiaries were aged between 15 and 60 in remote areas such as Tam Nong, Thap Muoi, Hong Ngu, Tan Hong, Lap Vo and Chau Thanh.

Over the past two decades, members of the provincial youth union have organised summer activities for nearly 400,000 children, including classes for 43,000 primary school pupils, while encouraging 27,000 secondary school students to go to school at the right age.

The volunteers have also taught computer skills for 60,000 youngsters in 12 localities across the province, helping raise the rate of young people who know to use the Internet to over 85 percent. 

Voluntary campaigns for the community during summers have attracted nearly 40,000 volunteers, including more than 2,000 students from local universities and colleges, who devoted 48,000 working days to the implementation of 25 works.-VNA