School Building was our first programme, and has been one of our four main programmes since 1992, aiming to bring effective learning environments to children in disadvantaged areas. Our ultimate objective is not to build a school, but to ensure all schools and learning environments built are productively used to benefit children in need.
Since the first saigonchildren school was constructed in Can Gio – HCMC in 1993, we have expanded our project areas to 12 more provinces located in the North, Centre and South of Vietnam. With a total of 186 schools and 480 classrooms built in remote areas over the past 25 years, we have narrowed the gap to educational opportunities and opened doors to brighter futures for over 14,000 disadvantaged children. In addition, to deliver a welcoming environment for children, we develop schools’ surroundings, including play areas, fences, storerooms, hygiene facilities, furniture and outdoor toys.
The School Building programme has achieved sustainable success due to the great support from our partners, who include donors, local authorities, and specialists. Together with our valued partners, saigonchildren works to cultivate children’s potential in life by providing proper learning environments.
From 2014 onward, the School Building Programme has focused on Mekong Delta provinces: Hau Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau. Moving forward we will focus less on Tay Ninh, Dong Nai and Tien Giang.
We choose our schools and kindergarten projects on the basis of: