|Students from central provinces receive scholarships from East Meets West's Scholarship Programme to Enhance Literacy and Learning (SPELL) in 2014-15. — VNS Photo
DA NANG (VNS) — Nearly 2,500 disadvantaged high school students from seven central provinces have benefited from the Scholarship Programme to Enhance Literacy and Learning (SPELL) during 2014-15.
The students come from the provinces of Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam, as well as Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen.
According to the East Meets West organisation, VND11.7 billion (US$557,000) was granted to support the education of the students in the academic year 2014-15.
The organisation will provide an additional 583 students in grade 9 with multiple-year scholarships for the upcoming school year 2015-16.
The SPELL, which was launched in 2004, was conceived as an anti-dropout programme to help disadvantaged Vietnamese students from impoverished families in seven provinces.
Director of East Meets West's Education Programmes Hoang Ngoc Tung said the cost of keeping a child in school in the central region of Viet Nam ($80 per year for secondary school and $240 per year for high school) is beyond the reach of many poor families.
He said by supporting families with the cost of school expenses, including tuition, insurance, tutoring, books, and bicycles, SPELL helps students stay in school to chase their dreams.
SPELL has provided support for 5,790 students since 2004.
In 2011, the SPELL Summer English Programme was launched to help 194 high school students improve their English proficiency, communication and life skills with a scholarship fund of $176,000.
In 2012, 170 students received a four-year scholarship worth $2,960 through the SPELL Goes to College programme. — VNS