Hanoi (VNA) – The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) has contributed 25 billion VND (1.09 million USD) to a programme aimed to provide computers and telecommunications services for students and pupils with difficult circumstances, especially those living in COVID-19 pandemic-hit areas.
The bank’s contribution to the programme aims to help needy students, especially those in localities applying social distancing measures under the Prime Minister’s Directive 16 to access sufficient conditions for their smooth and effective online studying.
Earlier, the bank donated 25 billion VND to Ho Chi Minh City to support the city in COVID-19 prevention and control. In late July, BIDV also donated 10 billion VND to the city for pandemic control efforts.
So far this year, the bank has offered 230 billion VND in total to pandemic prevention and control efforts of the country.
The programme to provide computers and telecommunications services for students and pupils with difficult circumstances, especially those living in areas hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, was launched by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at a ceremony on September 12.
The program aims to mobilise 1 million computers, and ensure mobile service coverage at all 283 points without mobile Internet connection in localities that are applying social distancing regulations, and 1,910 other places nationwide.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Education and Training, as of September 12, online teaching and learning has been deployed in 26 out of 63 provinces and cities across the country. The total number of students joining online studying is estimated at 7.35 million, of them 1.5 million do not have computers./.