HCM City has allocated a great deal of funds and human resources to expand the city's compulsory education programme for children under five years old. At least 96 per cent of children have received a pre-school education. The city plans to have all children attending pre-school later this year. Tran Thi Kim Thanh, deputy director of the city's Department of Education and Training, said that local authorities were working to build new pre-schools in rural districts.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Quang Ninh attracts FDI projects
Thanks to its preferential policies, the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh has attracted 91 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with total investment capital of more than US$3.3 billion. In the first quarter of this year, two FDI projects with total investment capital of $86.6 million were approved by the local government.
Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review)
Plan offers care for children with HIV/AIDS
Children with HIV/AIDS will receive better care and support thanks to a five-year (2011-15) programme launched by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, according to Nguyen Trong An, deputy head of the ministry's Department of Child Care and Protection. Under the $10 million-programme, all HIV-positive children will receive support in health care, education and other social services.
The country has around 1,400 newborns facing risk of contracting HIV each year. The number of children under 15 years old living with HIV is forecast to reach 5,700 later this year.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Youth Union supports labourers
Hai Phong City's Youth Union has given nearly 4,000 young labourers from rural areas loans worth a total of VND52 billion ($2.5 million). The money helped them to find jobs and develop businesses during the first three months of this year. The union has also offered long – and short-term training courses for 1,800 young farmers to help them increase productivity.
In addition, the union's members have collected many books, clothes and blankets to help children living in remote area in Son La and Ha Giang provinces.
Nhan Dan (The People)