Dekalb Vietnam gifts Son La province’s young champions

10:34 | 09/09/2017
On the occasion of the new school year, Dekalb Vietnam visited three schools in remote areas of Son La province to hand out practical presents to poor students who have overcome difficulties to study well, with the aim of encouraging them to keep on working hard and promoting education in the mountainous and remote regions of Vietnam.
Aruna Rachakonda with students of To Mua School

On September 5, 2017, the start of the new school year, Dekalb Vietnam general director Aruna Rachakonda visited three schools in Van Ho district, Son La province to gift more than 150 exceptional poor students.

Aruna Rachakonda gifted practical gifts to students in To Mua School

More than 150 practical gifts, including school backpacks, books, and notebooks, were handed to students in three schools in To Mua, Song Khua, and Lien Hoa. These are three remote areas in Van Ho district, Son La province.

Over the past few years, although 97 per cent of Vietnamese children aged 6-11 can go to school, the quality of education and educational support greatly varies by region and is especially poor in the mountainous and remote rural areas or where ethnic minorities live.

“Education plays an important role in the development and success of every individual. This is especially true to those of primary school age. We wish to help Vietnamese students, especially students of farmer families in remote areas like Son La province to have more chances to approach education,” Rachekonda said.

Aruna Rachakonda was open and friendly with students in To Mua School

Nguyen Van Ngoc, principal of Lien Hoa School in Son La province, was overcome with emotion, “Lien Hoa School is one of the schools where many students come from farmer families with a difficult life. Many of them have to travel about 12 kilometres to attend school. Dekalb Vietnam’s gift programme is a meaningful activity to encourage poor students who have overcome all difficulties to have positive results in their studies. I hope that these gifts will encourage students to keep striving in the school year 2017-2018.”

Students in To Mua School were very happy with the presents

Before this programme, Monsanto-Dekalb Vietnam has also made significant contributions to Vietnamese education by donating more than VND3.2 billion ($140,800) to a programme under partnership with Room to Read, with the aim of enhancing education and gender equality.

Additionally, the Monsanto-National University of Agriculture (VNUA) scholarship, which is available for students studying biotechnology from the sophomore year and up, provided many valuable educational opportunities.

Similarly, Young Talent Nurture programme in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang is another effort of Monsanto-Dekalb Vietnam to help financially disadvantaged but extraordinarily talented students in Vietnam and encourage them to keep moving forward in study and life. 

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