This project will equip mobile computer labs that will travel among 10 Vietnamese orphanages each month, providing relevant 21st Century Skill training to 450 orphans. This project represents an expansion of a proven model that has helped more than 1000 Vietnamese orphans over the past 5 years learn the skills they require to be prepared to graduate from the orphanage with valuable computer skills, self-confidence, and collaborative skills that are so important in today's job market.
In Vietnam, the 153,000 orphans growing up in government institutions receive limited support to help them prepare for their futures beyond the orphanage. Most orphans leave the orphanage at age 18 or 19 with limited self-confidence, a non-existent support system, and few ideas for what comes next. Less than 1% go on to higher education. They soon discover they are not prepared for today's technology focused job market and end up in low income jobs that leave them impoverished and discouraged.
We provide a student-centered learning environment, designed to provide a fun and safe atmosphere that helps the children become inspired by the process of learning. The curriculum is carefully crafted to teach relevant computer skills, while also supporting the children to learn critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. As the students develop these skills, we also see rapid gains in self-confidence and children who look forward toward their futures with hope and excitement.
The project will provide 450 orphan children with the tools they require to find jobs, apply for professional vocation training programs, or qualify for junior college or university. These opportunities help these orphan children to break the ongoing cycle of poverty and earn personal achievements that previously have been out of reach for most orphans in Vietnam.