The province’s efforts aim to enhance locals’ intellectual level, contributing to raising the living standards of ethnic minority people in remote and mountainous areas. 

An illiteracy eradication class Sao Sao

As planned, in 2022 and 2023, localities in the Northern province have been provided with VND 430 million to open illiteracy eradication classes to teach ethnic minority people how to read and write. To enhance the quality of illiteracy eradication, the provincial Department of Education and Training has hosted refresher courses for its 80 leaders and experts, education management staff, and elementary teachers.

Learners of illiteracy eradication classes are ethnic minority people, aged from 15 to 60. So far, more than 30 classes have been organized, attracting 860 learners. This achievement has come from the province's dissemination efforts.

Fifty-four-year-old Dao Thi Thang, the oldest student in a class in Sao Sao School in Thuong Quang commune, Ngan Son district, could not hold her happiness of knowing how to read and write after joining the class. She said that from now on she does not have to depend on others. “I am grateful to teachers, the Party, and State,” Thang said.

At present, the class in Sao Sao School is teaching 18 ethnic minority people, who mostly belong to the H’mong  ethnic group. Although some of them have to walk 6km to class, they are still determined and brave all difficulties to learn. 

Since learners are ethnic minority people, teachers have to flexibly apply teaching methods and combine using their ethnic languages and the popular Vietnam language (the Kinh language) to help them understand easily.

According to Mr. Dam Trung Thuy, Head of the Education and Training Division of Ngan Son district, leaders at all levels have paid special attention to illiteracy eradication. In realizing the national target program on illiteracy eradication, the district has opened six classes with 100 learners to help raise intellectual level of ethnic minority people in remote and poor areas.

Learners of illiteracy eradication classes are ethnic minority people, aged from 15 to 60.

It is obvious that Bac Kan’s efforts in eradicating illiteracy within the national target program for socio-economic development in ethnic minority and mountainous areas have greatly contributed to helping the education sector achieve the set target that by 2025, all people, aged above 15, could read and write. 

Together with opening illiteracy eradication classes, the Northern province has paid attention to investing in facilities for boarding and semi-boarding schools. Notably, in 2022, eight schools were built. This year, a plan on building 17 schools has been submitted to higher levels for approval.   

Translated by Chung Anh