The Scholarship Programme to Enhance Literacy and Learning (SPELL) recently awarded scholarships valued at US$3.7 million to roughly 40,000 disadvantaged children in seven central provinces.
SPELL was launched ten years ago by the East Meets West Foundation (EMW) with the aim of assisting the country’s low-income students gain a solid education and get a good job.
The programme has helped students from some of the poorest families in the seven central provinces and cities of Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue, Danang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen.
It has been instrumental in reducing the number of drop-outs in over 85% of the junior secondary schools, raising the final examination pass rate to 97% and assisting innumerable students win national and provincial educational awards.
Vietnam Education Promotion Association Vice President Tran Xuan Nhi praised SPELL’s assistance as a motivation for students to study well and its remarkable contributions to the national educational system.
In 2010, a sister programme, SPELL Goes To College (SGTC) was launched, helping students pursue their educational goals at universities. The programme has so far supported 130 poor students in realizing their dream of studying at universities.