Scholarships from the “Vietnamese Seeds Fund” presented to poor students in Mekong Delta
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Can Tho (VNA) – As many as 1,300 disadvantaged students with outstanding academic results during the 2017-2018 school year in the Mekong Delta received scholarships from the Nhan dan (People’s) Newspaper’s “Vietnamese Seeds Fund” on August 18.

The scholarships, each worth 3 million VND (132 USD), were handed over to the students by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education Vo Van Thuong, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man, officials from the Ministry of Education and Training, and leaders of Mekong Delta provinces.

The scholarships were funded by the Lien Viet Post Joint Stock Commercial Bank.

Speaking at the ceremony, Phan Huy Hien, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Nhan Dan Newspaper stressed that the scholarships aim to give timely support to impoverished students who have excellent academic performances.

According to the Ministry of Education and Training, the rate of school dropouts in the region remains high as compared to that in the Central Highlands and northwest regions, he said, adding that it has been spurred by the poor living conditions of local households, forcing children to leave school early and earn a living in order to cover simple daily needs.

Established in 2012, the “Vietnamese Seeds Fund” aims to step up the campaign for building a more educated society, which involves improving the quality of learning at secondary schools located in wards and communes nationwide.-VNA