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Dak Nong (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Dak Nong will grant nearly 470 tonnes of rice to students and high schools of villages and communes struggling against extreme difficulties for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The decision was signed by a leader of the provincial People’s Committee on March 5.

Accordingly, nearly 7,700 students will receive rice aid of 15kg per month for four months, mostly in Dak G’Long and Tuy Duc districts.

Hoang Dinh Truong, Rector of Nguyen Du secondary school in Tuy Duc district, said 29 students in the school will benefit from the activity which will encourage them to overcome difficulties.

The provincial Department of Education and Training is partnering with the Department of State Reserves for the south Central Highlands, authorities of 8 districts and communes and schools in the effort.

In 2017, Dak Nong spent nearly 52 billion VND (2.33 million USD) on poverty reduction, helping bring the poverty rate among local households down by 2.63 percent from 2016 to 16.57 percent.

In particular, the poverty rate among ethnic minorities dropped by 9.34 percent.

As of the end of 2017, the province counted 25,114 households with 112,150 persons living under the poverty line.

Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee Ton Thi Ngoc Hanh said, besides effectively implementing the Government’s policies, the province launched numerous policies and programmes to support needy students, households, particularly those of ethnic minority groups.

Special attention was paid to vocational training, housing, health insurance, clean water supply and education for minority ethnic groups, thus raising the living condition of local residents, while facilitating their access to State and community resources for economic development.

In 2018, the province aims to reduce the poor household rate by at least 2 percent, and by 3 percent among ethnic minority groups, in line with the multidimensional poverty standards.-VNA