Over the past years, several border localities in the country have faced a number of socio-economic difficulties, forcing many students to drop out of school and causing a high illiteracy rate.

Representatives from the Vietnam Border Guard Command and Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee handing over merit certificates to outstanding students who have benefited from the program

In order to address this situation, since 2016, the Vietnam Border Guard Party Committee and Command have deployed a program “Helping children to school” to assist children in border areas, contributing to firmly managing and safeguarding the national border security and sovereignty. Since 2019, the force has added a model “Adopted children of border troops” into the program to further take care of students living along the borderline.

Annually, in close association with local authorities and schools, the force’s border posts hand over monthly financial assistance, worth VND 500,000 each, to nearly 3,000 poor students until graduating from high school in the areas where they are stationed.

For five consecutive years of implementation of the program, the needy recipients have been able to continue their study. Hundreds of them have gained outstanding results and entered universities and colleges.

In his speech, Lieutenant General Do Danh Vuong, Political Commissar of the Vietnam Border Guard Command, underlined that the program meaningfully expresses the country’s traditional deed of “La lanh dum la rach” (the good leaves cover worn-out leaves) as well as concretizes the guideline of the Party and the policies of the State, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense on developing socio-economy. In addition, the program is considered a sound and creative policy of the Vietnam Border Guard Party Committee and Command towards local residents in border areas.

In the coming time, General Vuong asked the Vietnam Border Guard Command’s affiliated organs and units to raise their troops’ awareness of and responsibility for the program, while further joining hands with local authorities to carry out the program more efficiently in a flexible and proper manner.

Translated by Minh Anh