Children are learning to swim in a river (Illustrative photo: huehelp.org)
 
Bac Lieu (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu recently carried out a programme on swimming safety and drowning prevention for the 2018-2020 period.

According to a survey conducted by the provincial Department of Education and Training at 127 primary schools and 65 secondary schools, up to 82,670 out of 118,520 students, or 69.7 percent, do not know how to swim.

Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee Lam Thi Sang said that under the newly-implemented programme, Bac Lieu strives to have 21.4 percent of children aged between the ages of six and 16 taught safe swimming practices, and at least 200 physical education teachers and freelance instructors at primary and secondary schools equipped with knowledge of water safety and guidance.

The locality has set a target of 50 percent of districts, towns, and cities containing swimming pools which are able to serve competitions, and 20 percent of primary and secondary schools to include swimming in their extracurricular programmes.

It also expects to open 650 classes, teaching at least 26,000 children about safe swimming and how to prevent drowning.

To that end, the province has implemented a variety of measures to teach children how to swim safely and prevent drowning, with a total investment of over 4 billion VND (171,200 USD).

It has stepped up disseminations on safe swimming and drowning prevention, while mobilising resources from individuals, enterprises, and social organisations to build swimming pools.

Bac Lieu is home to nearly 250,000 children aged below 16, accounting for 27 percent of its population. During 2012-2017, five local children died from drowning. –VNA