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Ha Giang (VNA)
– Some 17,650 people aged 15-60 in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang are expected to read and write by 2020, increasing the local literacy rate to over 94 percent, as heard a conference held in the locality on June 15.

According to Trieu Tai Vinh, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee, illiteracy elimination is a key mission to raise local livelihoods, especially those residing in remote and border areas.

More classes for vulnerable groups will be set up to increase their education approach, he said, noting that the province also strives to have 80 percent of the new literates attending classes to get away re-illiteracy.

Under the Prime Minister’s project to remove illiteracy by 2020, 351 literacy classes were opened for 8,600 locals, nearly 2,600 of whom can read and write after attending those classes.

Although the province has paid heed to maintaining the number of class attendants, dropouts are still popular in the locality due to poor transport infrastructure and living standards as well as poverty.

Ninety percent of Ha Giang’s population is ethnic minorities with limited education levels. Most of the illiterates are from poor and near-poor households and they do not have time to attend literacy classes.-VNA