|Primary school students learn swimming in a mobile pool placed in the schoolyard. Swim Việt Nam will start free swimming project in the city of Đà Nẵng. VNS Photo Công Thành|
ĐÀ NẴNG — Swim Việt Nam, a charity based in central Việt Nam, will provide free swimming training courses for students and teachers, and swimming facilities in the central city from 2017.
Swim Việt Nam representative Joanne Stewart said at a meeting with the city’s leadership last week that her organisation would boost co-operation with Đà Nẵng in building a big swimming pool, and providing swimming education and training for teachers and drowning prevention skills.
According to Swim Việt Nam, over 17,500 children have been taught to swim since its activity started in central Việt Nam in 2008, and over 160 adults have been trained as swimming teachers.
Over 30,000 primary school children have attended Swim Viet Nam’s classroom-based water safety education presentations. Swim Việt Nam also operates eight swim schools.
Đà Nẵng is the first local authority to provide swimming training for students at all primary schools.
Some 14,000 have benefited from this project, which includes 50 mobile swimming pools.
Swim Việt Nam also provided free swim training courses for students in Quảng Nam Province between 2012 and 2014.
According to Ministry of Health statistics, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children over the age of one in Việt Nam, with nearly 10 drowning every day. — VNS