Girls' rights in shelters and unofficial educational institutions enhanced

In November, Room to Read, together with the Center for Capacity Building and Support for Women and Children (CSWC), successfully launched a project named 'Protect and enhance girls' rights in shelters and unofficial educational institutions in Ho Chi Minh City'.

This project is a collaboration of CSWC and Room to Read to provide life skills education, sexual abuse prevention skills and material support for 150 disadvantaged children.

At the same time, the project also has educational activities for parents and caregivers about children's rights and prevention of child sexual abuse. One more sustainable activity is that Room to Read reviews documents to develop and enhance capacity for CSWC staff.

Not only working with CSWC, during the summer time, Room to Read also worked with Anh Duong Center in Hau Giang province, organizing life skills training courses for teachers of three schools in Vi Thuy district, Hau Giang province and Anh Duong staff. Teachers then will transfer these content to 1,000 students at three schools. Although the training revenue was flooded due to heavy raining, all teacher still went to class and all classes were so much exciting and joyful, which made us really happy.

After 20 years of support for the formal education system in Vietnam, 2020 is the first year that Room to Read can help vulnerable children at unofficial educational and social protection institutions. This is also the first time that Room to Read has collaborated and strengthened the capacity of local non-profit organizations to bring qualified education support and gender-sensitive social services to girls in Ho Chi Minh City and Hau Giang province.

This is also an opportunity for Room to Read to meet and learn with colleagues from the Center for Empowering Women and Children (CSWC) and Anh Duong Center.

Mai Nguyen