IMPACTS IN VIETNAM

The Costa Foundation began building Nursery Schools for indigenous ethnic communities that cannot speak Vietnamese. This was in response to Government legislation introduced in 2010 stating that no child can attend formal school unless they can speak Vietnamese. 

The impact to coffee-growing families has been tremendous and below are some of our favorite quotes from students, teachers and parents:

EATAR NURSERY SCHOOL

‘I like going to the school to study, sing, playing games and reading poetry. I have many friends and lovely teachers’. H’TRÂN (pupil age 5)

'This is a good school with enthusiastic teachers and clean classrooms. The location is close to our house and I feel safe sending my children here every day. They have a better future and more opportunities ahead of them. All my children are excellent and enjoy going to their school’. Mr.  LINH DU QUẢNG (father of a pupil)

‘We are very happy to have been given the support for our coffee growing farmers, and the opportunity to bring up our local children in a clean and safe nursery school. The children are so small that going to a far-away nursery was an inconvenience. The new school is only 300 metres from my house. The teachers here do a great job. My grandchildren are at the school, as my older ones before them, they will go on to graduate high school and then study at university to become doctors or nurses in the future, as well as taking care of the coffee farm one day when their parents are older’. Mr. MA TÂN (grandfather to 2 pupils)

CUDLIEMNONG NURSERY SCHOOL

‘I like all the teachers. My friends and I enjoy playing with the toys inside and outside the classroom. I love to sing a lot. My dream is to be a builder in the future’. Y SÂM KSƠ (pupil age 5)

‘Before the Costa Foundation school was built, my dream was to have a clean school where my children could go every day. The school and the yard are very beautiful, with lots of learning materials and toys to play with. My son studies well, he can speak Kinh language fluently, as well as draw, sing and dance. He has also learnt to read and write letters’. Mrs. H’ NOEN KSO’ (mother of Mr. Y SÂM KSƠ)

‘I have been working here for 6 years. The teachers are very friendly, the scene here is peaceful and it’s a nice place to work. I like that the school is close to my house. I get to meet many of the kids and keep the school facilities safe. Sometimes the children who have just started here get nervous and upset at first, so my job is also to take care of them and help them to integrate’. Mr. Y P RIU B DAP (security guard & father of a pupil at the school)

 

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