Second phrase of project on promoting gender equality and education for children in ethnic minority areas launched

Thursday, 30/03/2023 16:29
The UNESCO Office in Vietnam has coordinated with the Department of Teachers and Educational Administrators (DTEA) of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (YU), and CJ Group to launch the second phase of the project to promote gender equality and education for children in ethnic minority areas.
Delegates attend the ceremony to announce the Phase II of the “We are ABLE” project  (Source: NDO)

The second phrase of the project entitled “We are ABLE – Promoting Gender Equality and Girls’ Education for Children in Ethnic Minority areas of Vietnam” will be rolled out in the provinces of Cao Bang, Kon Tum and Ninh Thuan.

It aims to empower ethnic minority youths, especially girls and young women, in boarding secondary schools and neighbouring communities to overcome stereotypes and to voice and act on their dreams, hopes and aspirations in education.

It also will build skills and platforms and create an enabling environment for student-led communication and advocacy and strengthen Government commitment to education for ethnic minority children and youths, especially girls.

Phase I of the project “We are ABLE” was jointly implemented from 2019-2022 by UNESCO, MOET and CEMA with funding from the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education and financial and technical support from CJ Group. It targeted 12 districts in three provinces: Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan, and Soc Trang. The project increased ethnic minority girls’ access and retention in schools and ensured better employment opportunities for ethnic minority women.

Phase I of the project reached 16,296 students (including 8,021 girls). Across the 24 project schools, among ethnic minority learners, enrolment rates increased from 62% to 67%, drop-out rates dropped from 3.8% to 2.9%, and transition rates to upper-secondary rose from 69.7% to 76.7%./.