The National Fund for Vietnamese children (NFVC) and Chevron Vietnam Ltd. in collaboration with the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho handed over 100 scholarships to disadvantaged students in the city at a ceremony on August 12.

Barry Andrew, head of Chevron Vietnam Ltd., said that the company is keen on promoting educational development. It has awarded scholarships to over 3,800 underprivileged students since 2009 through the NFVC’s “Together with children to school” programme, he added.

This year alone, the company will present 877 scholarships and help upgrade five schools in the Mekong Delta.

According to the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Welfare, more than 200,000 children in Vietnam drop out of school each year with reasons varied, including living too far away from school, with many from remote and mountainous areas having to walk around 5-10 km or even further to reach their school.

Nearly 1.5 million children are living in disadvantageous living conditions and more than 2.5 million others are likely to fall victim to economic difficulties.

The “Together with children to school” programme, aiming to encourage students to overcome their difficulties to go to school, was launched in September 2012 and is being implemented in 47 provinces and cities nationwide.-VNA