DA NANG (VNS) — Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan yesterday presented gifts to 50 outstanding teenagers at the Rehabilitation School No 3 for juvenile criminals in the central city of Da Nang.
She also gave VND50 million (US$2,400) in food support for 550 children at the school for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays that will fall between January 28 and February 5.
The school, which is home to juvenile criminals in the central and Central Highlands region, provides vocational training and regular education for over 20,000 teen offenders detained for crimes including robbery, theft and rape. As many as 47 per cent of students have found jobs after leaving the school and have re-integrated back into society.
"I hope all of you will remember the time you have spent living and studying at school, which will help you become good citizens," Doan said at the event organised by the Fund for Vietnamese children and the Ministry of Public Security.
She added around 80 per cent of students at the school had come from troubled homes, had been motherless or in fact parentless.
The Vice President also took the opportunity to call on local authorities to help reformed juvenile criminals who might face discrimination after rejoining their communities.
Nguyen M.L (not his real name), who joined the school last year, said he committed crime after giving up his studies at High School in Central Highland Kon Tum Province.
"One day, I want to re-unite and be happy with my family when I leave the school," he said.
Also yesterday, the Vice President handed gifts to 50 poor students of the city's Ong Ich Duong Primary School. — VNS