The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending US$ 50 million to help the most disadvantaged groups of Viet Nam especially in terms of lower secondary education with its efforts to promote greater social and economic inclusion in the country.
ADB is granting US$ 50 million loan for the Lower Secondary Education for the Most Disadvantaged Project to improve education of ethnic minorities and girls in the 103 most disadvantaged districts from the Northern Mountain, Central Highland, and Mekong River Delta regions. Viet Nam will contribute US$ 14 million for this project. The Ministry of Education and Training is the executing agency for the project, in which the agency will provide ethnicity-responsive teacher training, pilot testing of school feeding and awareness raising, provision of scholarship for smallest population ethnic groups, and capacity development of educational planning for targeted assistance for disadvantaged groups. It is expected that the project will be completed by June 2014.