The OneSky preschool center, a reasonably-priced educational facility with international standards, has reduced the burden for disadvantaged workers at the Hoa Khanh industrial zone in Da Nang city. About 210 children are studying at the center. Workers of Hoa Khanh industrial zone take their children to OneSky Every day at 6 a.m., workers of the Hoa Khanh industrial zone take their children to OneSky on their way to work. Nguyen Thi Kim Anh, an employee at the Makitech Vietnam Company, says in the past she had to hurry every morning to prepare breakfast for her 2 kids and take them to a private school 3 km away. Originally from the neighboring province of Quang Nam, Kim Anh and her husband have worked in Da Nang for 4 years, earning more than US$300 a month. Kim Anh says she was very happy when OneSky opened last September. “This center saves us a lot of money, about half the fees. We don’t have to bring milk to the school for them. Part of the school fees … [Read more...] about International standard preschool center eases burden for Da Nang’s poor workers
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Emerging Asia, which covers India, China, and Southeast Asia, will be revelling in an economic growth rate of 6.3 percent annually from 2018 to 2022, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But there’s a hitch: Asia is also waist-deep in alarming projections of deaths, damages to livelihoods and properties, and worsening inequality because of disasters and climate change. Asia’s robust economic growth is not underwritten. The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s largest scientific body formed to study climate change, found that “People living in low-lying coastal zones and floodplains are probably most at risk from climate change impacts in Asia. Half of Asia’s urban population lives in these areas. Compounding the risk for coastal communities, Asia has more than 90 percent of the global population exposed to tropical cyclones.” Poverty and inequality in … [Read more...] about Asia: Rising economic star or poster child for disaster?
I grew up in a small village that was home to several hundred families, all living in mud huts covered in thatched roofs. There was a huge graveyard in the village, where people buried babies who died at birth. The place was a monument to the thousands of women who were tormented by childbirth, some of whom lost their own lives with their babies. The graveyard is where my grandmother was laid to rest. She married at 16 and her husband was the only one helping her every time she gave birth. My father was her eldest and luckiest child, he said. My two uncles survived the delivery but were constantly sick. At the age of seven he started suffering from high fevers and seizures. The neighbors said he'd been possesed by ghosts, so they tied him to a banana tree, poured urine on him and whipped him black and blue. He died three days later. The same fate awaited my other uncle when he was 10. My grandmother’s fourth child was a girl. She was in labor for three days and once her baby was … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s home birth trend goes against medical, animal and anthropological studies
An English center in Vietnam has agreed to refund prepaid tuition after making headlines this week for luring unsuspecting parents into paying five years in advance for a ‘guaranteed score’ on the IELTS exam. Parents who had previously been denied a refund got what they demanded on Wednesday, one day after a story of underwhelming teaching quality at a Ho Chi Minh City location of the Reliable English School (RES) was reported by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. RES, which prides itself on offering top-quality IELTS training in Vietnam, promised a guaranteed IELTS band score on the official exam if parents were willing to pay up to five years of tuition fees in advance. Some parents agreed on a prepayment of over VND123 million (US$5,420) in the hope that their child would achieve a desired score on the English-language proficiency test, an essential component of applying for scholarships to study overseas. It was only after having signed contracts with RES that the hopeful … [Read more...] about English center agrees to refund prepaid tuition after promises of ‘guaranteed scores’ fall short
An English center in Vietnam that offers expensive IELTS courses coming with 'a guaranteed band score' is in hot water for failing to deliver on its promise. Many parents who have signed their children up for such 'full-package' courses are now facing difficulties in claiming a refund. The Reliable English School (RES), which has over 20 locations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, advertises itself as "the best IELTS training center in Vietnam,” according to a description on its official Facebook page. It claims to have trained "two out of Vietnam's only three people ever to have achieved band 9.0 in IELTS.” With such a seemingly credible profile, RES has been successful in convincing many parents to enter into legally binding contracts, which guarantee that their children would achieve a certain IELTS score after a number of courses in return for all tuition fees being paid in advance. High hopes H., a parent in Ho Chi Minh City, said he knew of RES when the … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, English center leads learners up blind alley with ‘guaranteed IELTS score’ promise