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Bread skills for vulnerable Vietnamese youth
The Saigon Times Daily
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Bread skills for vulnerable Vietnamese youth

The Saigon Times Daily

A variety of bread is served at the opening of La Boulangerie Francaise - HCMC - PHOTO: COURTESY OF IECD VIETNAM

The European Institute of Cooperation and Development (IECD) and Thu Duc College of Technology (TDC) on June 22 announced the opening of “French Bakery (La Boulangerie Francaise) in HCMC,” a school of Bakery and Pastry for disadvantaged young adults, with the presence of the French Ambassador to Vietnam and the Consul General of France in HCMC.

Building on the success of La Boulangerie Francaise in Hue and on the good results it has achieved for nearly 20 years, IECD decided in 2016 to expand the project in HCMC with a similar model, in partnership with TDC.

Last December, 20 Vietnamese young adults aged between 18 and 23 years old, recruited based on economic and social criteria, began an intensive training of 16 to 20 months in bakery and pastry at the highest standards of qualification. They also benefit from English and life skills lessons throughout their apprenticeship.

TDC provides the students with accommodation (within its dormitories), and IECD covers the tuition, food, and healthcare. A monthly participation fee of VND150,000  is requested from the students. However, it can be partially or totally waived in some specific situations.

La Boulangerie Francaise - HCMC aims to enable its students to become highly-skilled, responsible adults, socially well-integrated and capable of becoming agents of their own development. The goal is to allow them to create a better future not only for themselves, but also for their families and communities.

To ensure its economic sustainability, La Boulangerie Française will operate as a social enterprise and, thanks to the sale of products made by apprentices, it aims to finance itself at more than 90%.

IECD is a French non-governmental organization founded in 1988 and operating in the field of social and economic development in partnership with local institutions in the countries where it has been involved. IECD’s main sectors of action are vocational training and professional integration, assistance to micro and small enterprises and access to education and health for the most vulnerable.

TDC is a public school established in 1984. With the motto “Always renew to develop,” the school welcomes 7,000 students every year and always strives and attemps to enhance its training quality, with the purpose of being an educational institution that trains highly qualified people, contributing to the industrialization and modernization process of HCMC.

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