School Building Programme

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:

  • Need
    • To replace temporary classrooms
    • To provide good quality classrooms for all children in the community to attend
    • To shorten the distance from home to school
    • To reduce class scale and increase the opportunity for schools to provide full-day education to all children.
    • To encourage parents to send their children to kindergarten and pre-school
    • To help pre-school aged children (especially those from ethnic minorities who cannot speak Vietnamese) to prepare for primary school.
    • To make schools accessible to children with a disability
  • Quality of school maintenance and usage of previous schools built by saigonchildren in the same province
  • Efficiency of partners in conducting the work
  • No or limited coverage of other NGOs and international organisations