‘We are able’: Initiative improving access and retention of ethnic minority children

From September 21 to November 6, the project “We Are Able” have been conducted capacity building training for 12 core groups of students.

The training in Ninh Thuan province. Source: UNESCO

Given the ethnic diversity and age group of the students, the UNESCO's project encourages and respects the individual performance of each training session. They are guided to explore and express their own world through gender equality activities, gender-based school violence, and awareness-raising communication skills; with soft skills such as self-awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem, planning, problem solving, group work, presentations ...

Ethnic minority students participating in training are encouraged to use Their native language and form of expression have national cultural characteristics, helping children feel most confident in activities. This is an approach to create the safest and most open learning environment for ethnic minority students in the “We Are Able” project.

Together with its strategic partners, the Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training and CJ Group (Republic of Korea), UNESCO in April 2019 announces the inception of ‘We Are Able’, a new three-year project, funded by the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education with financial support from CJ Group.

The project focuses and targets roughly 16,000 persons – ethnic minority secondary school students, teachers, principals and education officials, parents and community members in three provinces: Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan and Soc Trang. Over 9,000 of these individuals are female including 6,000 girls aged 11-14 from 24 lower secondary schools.

The project aims to improve access and retention of ethnic minority children, especially girls in lower secondary school, and to improve employment opportunities for ethnic minority girls and women. Source: UNESCO

It has four main areas of focus: enhancing the understanding on the importance of girls’ education by allowing youth, especially young women, to demonstrate how education can positively influence their lives and the lives of their families and communities; fostering a safe and healthy educational environment by enhancing knowledge of gender-based violence in schools and strengthening teachers’ capacities on gender-responsive school counselling; improving employment opportunities for girls and young women through targeted career orientation programmes, training on income generation and facilitating access to the labor market; and supporting ethnic minority youth to overcome stereotypes and enhance understanding with their peers – other Vietnamese youth – across the country.

Designed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, the project will support the implementation of the Education Development Strategic Plan 2011-2020, the Action Plan for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 and the National Strategy concerning Ethnic Minority Affairs until 2020.

Ngoc Diu