While Vietnam has made significant progress in reducing poverty and increasing access to education and healthcare over the last two decades, disparities between ethnic groups remain. Approximately 9 million people still live in extreme poverty, of which 6.6 million (73%) are from ethnic minority heritage, although they only account for 15% of the country’s population.
Within ethnic minority groups, levels of discrimination are magnified for girls, particularly in terms of education. One contributing factor is early marriage and adolescent pregnancy – over 23% of ethnic minority women currently aged 20 to 49 were married before age 19.
Aide et Action’s work in Vietnam focuses on supporting ethnic minority groups through all levels of education: preschool, primary school, secondary school as well as entrepreneurship and business skills training for youth not enrolled in formal education. In 2020, we reached 8,272 people across four projects.