RMIT Vietnam has donated 23 computers to Hoa Binh Ethnic Boarding School in Hoa Binh Province to set up a new computer lab for high school students who otherwise could not learn via the Internet.
Through the effective coordination of Alumni Relations Officer Quach Thu Trang, the University has donated 86 used computers to A thousand computers for a million dreams, a program run by the Transviet Group to distribute them to needy high schools.
Hoa Binh is the second school to benefit; computers went to a school in Nghe An in October and in early 2016 the remaining RMIT Vietnam computers will be used to establish another four or five computer labs in other provinces.
Transviet’s Program Director Hoang Duc Huy said the aim was to create opportunities for high school children to study and change their lives.
“They are not so fortunate, coming from families with low incomes and limited access to knowledge,” he said.
“An act as simple as donating a used computer is like opening a door for them, leading them to a whole new world. Dreams, hopes and ambitions may start from there.”
Several RMIT Vietnam Alumni also went to Hoa Binh Ethnic Boarding School to coach students in using search engines.
Alumna Hoang Ngoc Dung (Bachelor of Commerce 2012) said the students were adorable and well-behaved.
“They were hungry for knowledge. I could see it in their eyes,” she said.
“At the end of the day, one even came to me and said: ‘I want to say thank you for all you’ve done for us today.’ At that moment I realised how the most beautiful thing could come from the simplest work.
“It was really cold in that mountainous areas yet I felt warm. I felt like I contributed to a wonderful campaign that changes people lives.”
A thousand computers for a million dreams will continue to spread across Vietnam, prioritising students from rural areas and those who are not so fortunate, also supported by Vietnam Airlines and CPN Vietstar Express who transport the computers.