Despite significant economic growth in recent decades, Vietnam is still a poor country. The living realities of disabled people and disadvantaged children are therefore critical. Often abandoned by their families, they have to take care for themselves. Since illiteracy, especially in rural areas, is still a widespread phenomenon, many of them are forced to beg on the streets or work under terrible conditions to survive.
Instead of just providing them with lodging, it has been a major concern of Maison Chance providing all disadvantaged with free education. This basic education lays the foundation for gaining access to higher education or vocational training. It will open more possibilities to them in eventually finding a permanent job.
Kindergarten and Primary School
The children of Maison Chance attend the kindergarten and elementary school located in Village Chance and the Social Center in Đắk Nông. 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 public schools in the city. The school year 2018/2019 had 37 kindergarteners of whom 27 are younger than five. Ten children were preparing to enter grade 1 next year.
The elementary school has 189 students in total. The propotion of students in classes is divided as following: 44 pupils attend first grade, 37 second grade, 38 are in grade 3, the number of students of grade 4 is 41, and 25 attend grade 5. Last year, 107 students were rewarded for their good performances. In the fifth grade, 33 students took part in the final exam, of which six graduated with the best result 20/20.
Our Social Center in Đắk Nông has 99 students at the primary school level in four classes. 32 students in grade 1, 19 in grade 2, grade 3 has 26 pupils and 22 students attend grade 4. The center intends to open a class for 5th grade in the school year 2019/2020. Recently the school rewarded 23 students for best academic results.
At the Primary School in HCMC and Đắk Nông, students with physical and mental disabilities are taught together with the other students if they meet the requirements and keep up with their classmates.
In addition, Village Chance has a specialized class tailored to the needs of mentally handicapped children and two special needs classes are located in our center in Đắk Nông. The number of enrolled students in this year’s special class is 18 at HCMC and 17 in Đắk Nông.
Maison Chance always attempts to give the best to their students. Besides the official curriculum (Vietnamese, Mathematics, History, Geography, Civic Education), they attend computer courses, English music, art and sports classes. Children living at Village Chance are free to participate in a circus acrobatic course three times a week.
Higher education levels
Maison Chance supports the best students financially to facilitate their access to secondary school, high school and university. In 2018/2019, the number of students sponsored by Maison Chance for secondary school was 3, one student received support for high school, one student is preparing for vocational college and two for university.