From darkness to colours
When we first met Dao in 2002, he was a silent and shy little boy. He came from a very challenging family background, and applied to our vocational school to study English and Photography while he also took evening classes at District 4 Continuing Education Center.
While English was a big challenge for Dao, he excelled in Photography as it was one of his favourite interests. Several of his photos have been shown at Thang Long School and SCC’s international exhibitions.
10 years later, Dao has grown into an independent young adult, and his shyness and solitude has grown into confidence.
Dao is working as a designer at The Colour Club
Dao reflects on those days: ‘Since the day, my dad had a debilitating accident at work, my family has been in serious financial debt. To help my parents and siblings, I decided to quit school and started working in several restaurants and hotels to help to clear out debts.’
After two years in military school, Dao was still unsure about his future, but with his talents in photography, SCC found it only natural to offer him to study a place on our Saigon Visual Communication. With major companies outsourcing a lot of their digital design to Vietnam, this course trains young people with skills for this sector, and is run in partnership with the Danish design agency The Color Club. Dao once again excelled in photography, image manipulation and Photoshop.
He learned so fast that, upon graduation, The Colour Club offered him to become a full-time member of staff.
Having a chance to work for a successful company where your level of advancement is determined by the level of your skills, Dao realised that education is what could lead him and his family towards a sustainable future. Although he had a stable job, he continued taking classes District 4 Continuing Education Center in the evenings.
‘Although there are difficulties, my life is much better now. I am trying my best to start as a graphic design major at university this year.
Who knows what is Dao’s next successful step? Join us in wishing this young man best of luck!