It was 2 a.m. when Nghia finally left the bar next to the highway where he worked part-time. Standing next to the roadside and watching the trucks rush by, Nghia wished he was brave enough to take just one more step and end his life. It was not the first time the 23-year-old Hanoi native had contemplated suicide. Le Trong Nghia had arrived in Fukuoka, southern Japan, in 2015, to study a self-funded degree in economics. Everything was fine until the third year. Despite the family's financial support, Nghia had to do extra work to make ends meet even as his studies kept getting more and more difficult. Nghia works as a waiter at the pub five days a week, 9 hours a day, from 6 p.m. of the previous day to 4 a.m. of the following day, only getting a 10-minute meal break at 12 p.m. "The pub is located in a red light district, and I go home even later than the ‘working girls’ around here," he said. Nghia’s salary of 850 yen ($7.86) per hour is barely enough to pay his … [Read more...] about Vietnamese students in Japan stretched to breaking point
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Deputy General Director of the General Department of State Reserves, Lê Văn Thời Deputy General Director of the General Department of State Reserves, Lê Văn Thời, talks to Quân đội nhân dân (People’s Army) newspaper about the implementation of rice support for poor students. What has the General Department of State Reserves (GDSR) done to provide rice to poor local students? Following the direction of the Prime Minister, the GDSR has issued nearly 40,000 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to support over 560,000 students in 46 provinces and cities in the first semester of the school year 2019-20. The GDSR has also directed local reserve units to closely co-ordinate with local people's committees and assigned agencies to support the supervision of the process of distributing, receiving, managing, using and preserving rice. During the delivery and receipt, the parties will co-ordinate to ensure all required … [Read more...] about Over half a million poor students receive rice support
His class on Hon Chuoi, an island 32-kilometre west of the mainland to the of Song Doc town, Tran Van Thoi district in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, now has 23 pupils in different age groups. Phuc has to divide them into small groups graded from 1 to 5 to help them study better. Hon Chuoi island houses more than 40 households with over 129 people who mainly run their life by fishing. Phuc was honoured as one of 70 exemplary models standing out in the national patriotic emulation movement in 2018. He also received certificates of merit from the Ministry of Defence and the Ca Mau provincial People’s Committee in recognition of his excellent service for the army as well as significant contributions to socio-economic development the same year. In an interview granted to Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper Phuong Mai, Phuc revealed the story how a military man turned teacher on Hon Chuoi and his warm sentiment to the children there. Question: How can you handle a class with such … [Read more...] about Military-captain-turned-teacher Tran Binh Phuc: I am just doing a normal job
Thu Vân One year go, to this day, I was shivering in fury, agony and disbelief as I wrote an editorial about three kindergarten caregivers slapping the faces of 3-5 years old toddlers, even throwing them up in the air in anger. Today, those feelings are back in full force, and I still can’t control the shivering and the emotions. This time, it is a sixth grader in Quảng Bình Province at the receiving end of violence. In some ways, this is even worse. It was not an adult beating up a child, this time, horrific as that is. This time, an adult got the kids to be violent. Yes, this bears emphasising. An adult, a teacher no less, got her students, sixth graders, to engage in violence on their friend and classmate. The teacher forced the sixth graders to slap one of their classmates 10 times each, and the kid was slapped a total of 231 times for allegedly using foul language in class. Why 231? Because the crime had been “upgraded” to a higher … [Read more...] about We have been slapped. How do we turn the other cheek?
Forty Vietnamese information technology (IT) students will head to Japan this month to work for two or three years and will be the fifth group of excellent students selected and trained by Japanese technology corporation Framgia in association with Vietnamese universities. 10 (out of 40) IT engineers are going to travel to Japan for work on October 2018 (Photo: Framgia) The students will work in the IT departments of well-known technology groups such as Media Do and Money Forward, with a starting salary of around VND40-50 million ($1,720-$2,150). Depending on their purpose and desire, the students can extend their time in the country beyond the minimum two to three-year period. Framgia carefully selected the students at “Job Fair” events around Vietnam. “We appreciate the study results of the 40 excellent Vietnamese engineers,” said Mr. Kazunari Fujimoto, Director of the training course. “They are the fifth generation to travel to Japan … [Read more...] about 40 Vietnamese IT students to work in Japan