Retired Vietnamese woman dedicated to teaching poor children for free

She has been teaching local children free-of-charge over the past 12 years

Le Thi Chau teaches young children at her home in Tho Quang Village in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A retired sexagenarian woman has decided to devote her time to teaching poor children in a fishing village in Da Nang, where living conditions are harsh so it is not easy to afford education.

In Tho Quang Village, many people struggle to take care of their families on a daily basis, thus a decent education is a luxury for their children.

In order to bring positive change to the neighborhood, Le Thi Chau, a 62-year-old retired teacher, has been providing free-of-charge lessons for local kids.

Chau’s class often starts at 6:00 pm every day in the comfort of her home.

She has been teaching local children over the past 12 years.

During a typical lesson, dozens of students are divided into different groups based on their grades, ranging from first to fifth grade.

Although the tasks for each group of learners are not the same, Chau is still patient enough to guide every of the youngsters.

To many students, Chau is like a mother as they also stay at her home during the day.

They have spent more time with the elderly teacher than with their own parents, who are often away from home to earn a living.

According to Chau, some of the children’s parents are her former students.

Aside from the regular lessons, many young kids enjoy spending time at Chau’s house whenever they are free.

They especially enjoy the bookcase the teacher made about three years ago, which contains a wide variety of books.

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