Bringing the World Wide Web to more kids in rural Vietnam
During a visit to Vietnam over the holidays, I journeyed south through the Mekong Delta, on a five-hour road trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh. Most of the people here make their living by planting and farming rice. However, since this region has experienced severe droughts and saltwater intrusion year after year, life has been particularly grueling for many families.
Kids in this part of the country typically don’t have access to a computer until they’re about 15 years old, and when they do, they usually only receive very limited training. Of Tra Vinh’s 25 primary schools, only five have computer rooms. This is in stark contrast to the more urban areas of Vietnam, where nearly every school has access to computers and an Internet connection.
Teaming up with Saigon Children’s Charity, we worked on a project to fund more Internet-enabled computer rooms, and train teachers to use and maintain these facilities at two schools in Tra Vinh. Each academic year, we hope more than 700 students between 6 and 11 years old will get to make use of two new “labs” at Hùng Hoà B and Tập Ngãi C schools.