IBVM Hostel Scholarships
This project’s objective is to award scholarships to young female university students, ensuring students in need have the resources and support to complete tertiary education and create brighter futures. MWIA is proud to help subsidise part of the cost of rent, food and utilities and alleviate the immediate financial burden on the students’ families.
There are two IBVM Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City – the Mary Ward hostel operating since 2013 and the St Mary Hostel, operating since 2014. In total, this provides accommodation for 50 young women attending university. All the students are from poor rural families throughout Vietnam. Each new school year, the IBVM hostels welcome first year students who are new to city life and aim to give them safe and healthy conditions to live and study.
- Help students finish their tertiary education by providing safe accommodation.
- Enable students to overcome various barriers so they become independent and continue their studies.
- Alleviate the immediate financial need of their family to support them.
2018 Project achievements
- The MWIA grant supported 6 poor rural students in two IBVM hostels, Mary Ward Hostel and St Mary’s Hostel, by providing scholarships to cover a significant part of their financial needs.
- The grant assisted to provide rent, food, books and other living and academic needs. It helped to ease the financial burden on student families.
- Over time this project will expand and take on additional students. 10 scholarships will be awarded next year.
John XXIII Teacher Training Scholarship
Supported by the teachers at John XXIII, Western Australia, the John XXIII Teacher Training Scholarships provide eight bursaries annually. This helps disadvantaged students who are studying to become teachers in Vietnam, meet the costs associated with tuition.
Many Vietnamese children living in rural areas have limited education with most not completing primary education. Ethnic minorities, many of them living in highland areas, account for 72% of Vietnam’s poor. This problem is exacerbated by an increase in student enrolments and a decrease in supply of available teachers in rural areas.
Insufficient remuneration and incentives, in the form of accommodation, living and travel allowances to motivate teachers to work in remote areas, results in educational needs in rural Vietnam not being met. The teacher shortage also creates overcrowding in the classroom. Quality education with effectively trained teachers is needed to assist this key group of vulnerable children to have hope for a better future.
- Provide bursaries to 8 disadvantaged students per year for up to 4 years, who are studying to become teachers.
- Financial security and encouragement enable students to study effectively and complete their university course.
2018 Project achievements
- Currently there are 6 students receiving scholarships, with scope for 2 more to be awarded. The scholarship covers costs associated with tuition, such as textbooks, stationery, rental payments, food and transportation.
- MWIA hopes to expand this program to support teacher training scholarships in other countries where the need is great.
Sister Trish Franklin IBVM, a charismatic and gifted educationalist from Australia, formed Loreto Vietnam in 1997. Sr Trish embedded the 400-year-old heritage and values of the worldwide community of the Loreto Sisters in Loreto Vietnam, that seeks inclusiveness and to work where the need is greatest.
Loreto Vietnam focuses on early childhood and primary education providing a strong foundation for future learning and development. It’s aim is to transform some of Vietnam’s most underprivileged school communities into child-friendly learning environments and provide students with access to materials that are carefully designed to develop their literacy skills, as well as to foster life-long learning.
Through the generosity of Loreto Vietnam’s Australian donors, MWIA supports programs that provide young people from underprivileged provinces in southern Vietnam, to access quality education, school libraries, bikes and water and sanitation facilities in schools.
2018 Project achievements
The following was achieved in 30 schools across 7 provinces:
- A total of 11,200 children have directly benefited from project activities.
- 3 classrooms were built for Vinh C primary school serving 150 students.
- 5 toilet blocks with safe water and sewerage systems were completed.
- 300 students received new school packs which contained school uniforms, shoes, stationery and exercise books.
- 4 school libraries and 4 computer rooms were supported.
- Bicycles and helmets were distributed to students across 9 schools.
- Support for 4000 children with disabilities was provided and included scholarships, nutrition support, health insurance, transportation support, learning tools and materials.
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