Education System

Education in Vietnam is divided into five levels: pre-primary, primary, intermediate, secondary, and higher education.  The main educational goal in Vietnam is improving people’s general knowledge, training quality human resources, and nurturing and fostering talent.  With one of the highest GDP growth rates in Asia, Vietnam is currently trying to overhaul its education system, with a view to preparing students for the increasing role of English as the language of business, and the importance of internationalizing the education system to maintain the rapid economic growth of the last two decades.

In the school year 2009-2010, Vietnam had 15,172 primary schools and 611 combined primary and lower secondary schools.  The total enrollment was 7.02 million pupils, of whom 46 % were girls.

Public schools are underfunded.  Currently, only primary school students’ tuition is subsidized by the government, to 50% of the total tuition cost.  Enrollment rates may be high; however, primary education quality, particularly in poor areas, is below the required standard.  Moreover, the drop-out rate after the fifth grade is also high, especially in the rural and mountainous areas since most students cannot afford to attend secondary school or university, due to poverty.

Our Programs and Results

The Library Project has been operating in China since 2006 and operates all four of our programs: Reading Rooms, STEAM Classroom Libraries, Children’s Literacy Bags, and Teacher Training.

To date, The Library Project has donated over one hundred libraries to Vietnam.  These libraries went into elementary schools, orphanages, and community centers.

The Library Project began donating libraries to Vietnam in 2006 but had no formal program until 2012.  The Library Project currently works in; Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long, An Giang, Binh Phouc, and Tai Ninh.

The Library Project’s Vietnam office is in Ho Chi Minh City.

Reading Rooms

A safe space for children to learn, grow, and explore the world.

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STEAM Libraries

Provides students and teachers easy access to a classroom library.

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Teacher Training

A comprehensive training course for teachers and administrators.

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In Their Own Words

Support Children's Literacy Today.

Students attending rural school do not have access to the same quality of education that those attending urban schools. The Library Project is responding by providing rural elementary school libraries, children's literacy programs, and teacher training.