Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Children Support Fund Council, on July 22 presented 150 scholarships to students in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, as part of the “Together with children to school” programme.

Of the recipients are 110 from low-income families while the rest are offspring of officers and soldiers who are safeguarding the nation’s sea and island sovereignty. Each scholarship is worth 3 million VND.

Launched in September 2012, the programme has granted scholarships worth nearly 19 billion VND (897,200 USD) to more than 6,500 children in 48 out of the 63 provinces and cities nationwide.

The Vietnam Children Support Fund has raised over 4 trillion VND (188.67 million USD) to assist more than 28 million disadvantaged children over the past 22 years, said Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep.

According to the ministry, more than 200,000 children in Vietnam drop out of school each year with reasons varied, including to live 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.-VNA