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CJ Group concludes project promoting education for Vietnamese girls

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Initiated by CJ Group, the “Vietnamese Girls Education Project” aimed at improving education for Vietnamese ethnic minority girls has ended and achieved success after three years.

CJ Group, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ninh Thuan Department of Education, on April 23, held the closing ceremony of the project to take a look at various activities over the past three years.

The ethnic minority girl education project was implemented from February 2019 to April 2022, with a total value of US$500,000 funded by CJ.

The project has pushed up the school attendance rate of ethnic minority girls and helped improve the quality of facilities and the educational environment in Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan and Soc Trang provinces.

Twenty-four junior high schools in the three provinces, with more than 10 ethnic minorities, have benefited from the project.

Over the past three years, apart from reaching about 42,000 ethnic minority girls, the project has expanded its reach to parents, local residents and teachers, with an effort to raise awareness about the importance of education for girls, design educational content and create links between educational institutions and local businesses to offer job opportunities for schoolgirls after graduation.

The project has featured many practical activities targeting parents and students to change their mindset on the importance of education, gender equality and domestic violence.

Through the project, vocational training courses were introduced at these schools to bring more career opportunities for girls and low-income female earners in the provinces.

Aside from helping connect schools with local businesses so that these learners can find a job, the project has worked with schools and the authorities to ensure that the vocational training courses will continue after the project ends.

Speaking at the event, Vu Minh Duc, director of the Teachers Bureau under the Ministry of Education and Training, said, “The ministry will consider expanding the girl education model nationwide and call on more students and teachers to join.”

“The three provinces where CJ decided to implement this educational project are areas with very low awareness of the importance and necessity of education for children, especially ethnic minority girls,” said Min Hee Kyung, executive vice president and head of Corporate Social Responsibility of CJ.”

Though the project encountered several difficulties, and even had to be halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it achieved great results and ended successfully. With the motto, “Do not let poverty hinder education”, CJ expects to create more learning opportunities for children and create a source of talent for the country, she added.

In recent years, CJ has always made great efforts to carry out many social and community-driven projects in Vietnam. Besides the Girls Education Project, CJ is also implementing a series of cultural projects, such as the CJ Short Film Festival – in search of young Vietnamese directors.

Since the Representative Office was established in HCMC in 1998, CJ Group has operated various business lines, from food services, logistics, animal feed production and livestock rearing to media and entertainment.

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