06/08/2018 09:42 GMT+7 print

Road to school for students in remote mountain areas

There have always been a number of challenges facing learners on their climb to success. However, these difficulties are incrementally harder for children in remote, disadvantaged areas.

The following story tell us of the hardships and earnest efforts of students in the border commune of Pa Ve Su – in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau’s Muong Te district – on their journey to gain knowledge.

Pa Ve Su is a particularly disadvantaged commune of the border district of Muong Te. It is mainly home to Mang and La Hu ethnic people. It has a high poverty rate, up to 90 percent, with low perceptions of the importance of education being a significant barrier, hindering children from going to school.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, Muong Te district had nearly half (24 out of 51) of its schools as boarding schools. The support from local authorities has gone hand in hand with the passion and care of teachers, factors that have motivated the students to continue with their formal education, despite the distinct challenges.