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Life of teachers in isolated school in Vietnam

Life of teachers in isolated school in Vietnam

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11:34 GMT+7
Life of teachers in isolated school in Vietnam
After an hour on a boat, teachers carry food enough to use in a week to Canh Tien Elementary School in Van Canh District, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

For many years, teachers from the delta area of Binh Dinh Province in Vietnam have called Canh Tien, a small village in Van Canh District, home.

Isolated in a forest, the village is only accessible via a 10-km road running through Nui Mot Lake.

Canh Tien Village has two schools – a kindergarten with 40 children and an elementary school with 51 students. All of them are Ba Na and Cham ethnicities.

Every Monday, teachers carry rice, salt, and other foods from home to Nui Mot Lake before rowing a boat to the village and staying there till Friday.

Le Thi Na Uy from Tuy Phuoc District started her teaching career in 2018.

“At the time, there was no electricity, water or market. The cellular network was unstable," she recalled.

"Now we have solar energy but there are still dangers to travel during the rainy season.

"It is hard to navigate while rowing a boat. Extremely scary!”

During the rainy season, teachers have to walk a long road before getting on a boat to access to Canh Tien Village. – Photo: Lam Thien/Tuoi Tre

During the rainy season, teachers have to walk a long road before getting on a boat to access Canh Tien Village in Van Canh District, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Canh Tien Primary School is located right in the middle of the village. – Photo: Lam Thien/Tuoi Tre

Canh Tien Elementary School is located right in the middle of the namesake village in Van Canh District, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Despite all the difficulties, teachers take pride in their students.

“They compliment whenever we wear new clothes," Uy said, recalling the kind acts of her students.

"Sometimes, they give us maize or veggies they garner from the forest.”

Tran Van Tho, principal of Canh Lien Elementary School, said they were happy when the village got solar energy in late 2020.

The school expects to build a dorm for teachers and school grounds in the near future.

Student Dinh Van Phuoc of Canh Tien Primary School gives his teachers some home-cooked corn. – Photo: Lam Thien/Tuoi Tre

Dinh Van Phuoc (R), a student of Canh Tien Elementary School in Van Canh District, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam gives his teachers some home-cooked corncobs. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

In the evening, teachers go to a student’s house in Canh Tien Village to discuss his progress with his parents. – Photo: Lam Thien/Tuoi Tre

In the evening, teachers go to a student’s house in Canh Tien Village in Van Canh District, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam to discuss his progress with his parents. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

A teacher arranges her food boxes. Their food is mostly braised for longer preservation. – Photo: Lam Thien/Tuoi Tre

A teacher arranges her food boxes. The food is mostly braised for longer preservation. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Teacher Na Uy checks the homework of her 4th and 5th graders. – Photo: Lam Thien/Tuoi Tre

Teacher Le Thi Na Uy checks the homework of her 4th and 5th graders at Canh Tien Elementary School in Van Canh District, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

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