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Vietnamese woman offers free education to disadvantaged children

Vietnamese woman offers free education to disadvantaged children

Thursday, December 28, 2023, 10:03 GMT+7
Vietnamese woman offers free education to disadvantaged children
Disadvantaged children take part in a free music and dance class taught by Nguyen Thi Duc in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Duc, a 58-year-old from Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam, has spent the past decade offering free classes to underprivileged children in the provincial capital city of Nha Trang.

Despite having no teaching certificates, Duc’s compassion for disadvantaged children has allowed her to help children with disabilities, orphans, and kids from low-income families take steps toward fulfilling their dreams.

The inspiration to launch free classes came when she met two children from low-income families during the Mid-Autumn Festival in the early 2010s. 

The two children, she noticed, were watching another group of children from afar, hesitant to join in the fun.

Duc approached the two children and found out that they were orphans and had to collect recyclable items along the street for resale in order to make ends meet.

“I hope that the children joining my class will try their best in learning so as to fulfill their dreams. This would make me and other members in the class truly happy,” Duc said.

Nowadays, she provides lessons for 58 students ranging from kindergarten to ninth grade with support from a team of high school- and college-aged volunteers.

One of these volunteers, Nguyen Quynh Nhu, a student at Khanh Hoa University in the namesake province, said that most of the children belong to marginalized groups.

She also noted that the children are all well-behaved and hard-working and that she believes they can be taught to love themselves, overcome life’s difficulties, and learn to become good citizens.

Duc carries her adopted children to her class each day on her motorcycle. She adopted these kids after they were orphaned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Duc carries her adopted children to her class each day on her motorcycle. She adopted these kids after they were orphaned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

With her great love and compassion for those in need, Duc is considered a source of inspiration for the teaching volunteers in her free classes. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

With her great love and compassion for those in need, Nguyen Thi Duc is considered a source of inspiration for the teaching volunteers in her free classes. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Duc’s class opens on weekday evenings and is joined by many students and supported by a team of teaching volunteers. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Duc’s class opens on weekday evenings and is joined by many students and supported by a team of teaching volunteers. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

A teaching volunteer helps a kindergartener learn the alphabet. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

A teaching volunteer helps a kindergartener learn the alphabet. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Duc teaches English to a group of students. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Duc teaches English to a group of students. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Duc briefs a volunteer on how to fix clothes donated to disadvantaged children from generous donors. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Duc briefs a volunteer on how to fix clothes donated to disadvantaged children from generous donors. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

A volunteer teaches English to children. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

A volunteer teaches English to children. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Though he suffered from congenital brain malformations, Nguyen Duy Thinh is still able to join Duc’s classes. Thinh is living with his grandmother and three younger siblings in a 15-square-meter rented house. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Though he suffers from congenital brain malformations, Nguyen Duy Thinh is still able to join Nguyen Thi Duc’s classes. Thinh is living with his grandmother and three younger siblings in a 15-square-meter rented house. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

The children receive little gifts after each class. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

The children receive little gifts after each class. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Despite being from marginalized communities, the children in Duc’s class always try their best. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Despite coming from marginalized communities, the children in Nguyen Thi Duc’s class always try their best. Photo: Tran Hoai / Tuoi Tre

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