The central province of Thua Thien-Hue is running a water safety and survival skills programme for local schools in order to reduce the number of cases of drowning among children in the locality.

Since the beginning of this year, the provincial Department of Education and Training, together with the non-governmental organisation Hue Help, has implemented a programme providing water safety and swimming courses for 90 PE teachers, who receive certification and then teach these skills to their pupils across localities in the province.

The programme, called “Swimming for Safety”, is part of a wider 2 billion VND (93,000 USD) project tackling disaster risks and supporting children affected by climate change over three years from 2015, funded by the Norwegian Church Aid organisation.

The “Swimming for Safety” programme has been implemented over the last couple of years in a number of primary and secondary schools in the province, helping thousands of children learn how to swim.

It is expected that about half of the province’s children aged from 6 to 14 will possess water safety and survival skills by the end of 2015.

According to the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, there were more than 30 drowning cases in the province from 2013 to the first quarter of 2015, with most of the fatalities children.-VNA