Programme helps disadvantaged youth

Programme helps disadvantaged youth

HA NOI - 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 US$3million (S$3.8million) 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 has motivated schools to engage disadvantaged youth by funding tuition expenses for each student. Funds are then reimbursed to the school after students complete the academic term.

Speaking at a ceremony held yesterday to mark the end of the three-year programme, Nguyen Minh Chau, Country Director of EMW, said the model could be replicated across Viet Nam.

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

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