More than 8,000 disadvantaged students have received performance-based tuition subsidies under a three-year programme funded by the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid.

The 3 million USD programme was implemented by the East Meets West (EMW) Foundation between 2010 and 2013 and targeted poor students from 67 high schools in 12 provinces across the country.

The programme motivated schools to engage disadvantaged youth by funding fruitions expenses for each student. Funds were then reimbursed to the school after students complete the academic term.
Speaking at a ceremony held on September 24 to mark the end of the programme, Nguyen Minh Chau, EMW Country Director, said the model could be replicated across Vietnam.

Programme statistics show that only 4.5 percent of beneficiaries dropped out of school during the three years, mainly due to poor performance and economic hardship.-VNA