Despite significant economic growth during the recent years, Vietnam is still a poor country. The condition of disabled people and disadvantaged children is critical. They are abandoned have to look after themselves. Illiterate, particularly in countryside, they are reduced to begging on the streets or working in awful conditions in order to survive.
In addition to a roof over their heads, Maison Chance wanted to offer free education to all those facing disadvantages. This basic education lays the foundation which allows them to access higher education or to engage in vocational training, helping them to get a job.
Kindergarten and Primary school
Maison Chance offers kindergarten and primary school for disadvantaged children. They are taught under the standard program of the Ministry of Education and Training. After graduating from grade 5, they can continue to study at upper grades in public schools in the city.
In the school year 2018-2019, the kindergarten currently has 37 children, of which 27 children under 5 and 10 children are preparing to enter grade 1 next year.
There are 189 students at the primary school, including 44 students of grade 1, 37 students of grade 2, 38 students of grade 3, 41 students of grade 4 and 25 students of grade 5. Last year, 73 students were rewarded for their good performance. In grade 5, 33 students took part in the graduation exam, of which 6 graduated with 20/20 grade.
At the Village Chance Primary School, students with physical and intellectual disabilities are taught together with normal students if they meet the requirements and keep up with their classmates.
In addition, there is a specialized class designed to meet the needs of the disabled children. The number of students enrolls in this year’s special education class is 14.
Maison Chance always attempts to bring the best to its students. In addition to formal instructional programs (Vietnamese, Math, History, Geography, Civic Education), students are also enrolled in computer courses, English, music, art and sports.
The children who live in Maison Chance can participate in circus performances three times a week.
Higher education levels
To support the best students, Maison Chance provides financial support so that they can continue their studies at secondary, high school or college.
In 2018-2019, the number of students sponsored by Maison Chance for secondary school is 5, high school is 1 and university is 4