Teach for a Change! Teach for a Change! Hanoi, Vietnam Coins for Change Vietnam
We aid marginalized women and children throughout Vietnam through programs that provide access to education, economic support, and mental health services.

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Project Details

We connect international English teaching volunteers with rural and urban schools in Vietnam to make an impact on marginalized children in women.

Who are we?

Coins for Change Vietnam (C4C) is a social enterprise run by women for the purpose of promoting equal rights and social justice for women and children in Vietnam. Officially established in December 2015, we are a relatively young organization comprised mainly of volunteers who are passionate about supporting marginalized groups of women. 

What do we do?

Our goal as an organization is to empower disadvantaged women in Vietnam with the skills and resources to overcome social and economic challenges and to pursue opportunities that would otherwise be impossible.

Our programs serve both urban and rural families through educational and business support. With a focus on serving marginalized women such as low-income women, ethnic minorities, women in rural areas, domestic violence survivors, single mothers, and disabled women, we help remove the obstacles that prevent these disadvantaged groups from achieving success and gender equality within their communities and within Vietnam.

Through our educational and business campaigns, we offer free vocational training, job placement, free and low-cost English classes for women and children, online and offline support groups, mental health awareness, business support, and online lessons. Our campaigns focus on building life skills and providing training that increases independence and fair opportunities.

C4C now offers a wide range of services related to cultural exchange and business within Vietnam, done through our two programs: The Empowerment Plan and Teach for Change.

Our Teach for Change program aims to expand English language education in Vietnam and support women in business. Our Empowerment Plan aids marginalized groups of women through a holistic approach that includes support from an expansive online network, free vocational training, job placement, and free English classes for children.

 

Where do we work?

Although our management team is headquartered in Hanoi, we have partner locations and beneficiaries all throughout the country. Our CEO, Hong Tang (a single mother herself), is currently based in Da Nang close to the Cơ Tu ethnic minority village that our HerCraft project supports. Our HerAcademy program has established a network of more than 30,000 women across the entirety of Vietnam. Our Teach for Change program has more than 15 partner schools and English language centers located in both rural and urban areas throughout the country. From North to South, countryside to city outskirts, solo adventures to international volunteer communities, the experiences that each of our Teach for Change posts offers are unique. 

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
2015
Contact Person
Crystal An
Spoken Languages
English
Vietnamese

Social Impact

In an increasingly globalized world and economy, most citizens in many successful countries can speak English proficiently, thus bringing developing countries many economic and partnership opportunities. For example, the Philippines and Singapore, which are both English-speaking countries in Southeast Asia, have become successful and competitive in the global economy.

The ability to speak English is a valuable skill that can give Vietnamese children many opportunities for jobs and higher education. However,

  • Learning English in Vietnam is very expensive and thus, unaffordable for most Vietnamese families with children in the “golden learning age” (3 - 7 years old)
  • There is an educational gap between rural and urban Vietnam resulting from a lack of enough English language schools in the countryside

This increases the gaps between rich/poor and urban/rural students.

To address the issue, the government of Vietnam has announced ambitious education reforms under Language Project 2020, with the goal that all young people leaving school by 2020 will have a good grasp of the English language. Project 2020 will affect 200 million students and 85% the $450 million budget will be spent on teacher training, according to the education ministry.

However, as of 2016, the goal of having 100% of third graders following a ten-year English program by the year 2020 seems far-fetched, as only 20% of third graders currently have access to the program. Over 50% of grade school English teachers in Vietnam still fail to meet standards set by the six-level ability framework of “Project 2020”, which means money and time will have to be spent training these teachers first before grade school students can study in the new English program. But teachers fear that they are not getting the help they need to upgrade their own skills.

The government, thus, encourages schools to recruit foreigners to teach English and reduce their support for Vietnamese teachers who failed to meet standards set by the six-level ability framework of Project 2020. However, there is no action plan to support schools, especially those in the countryside, in recruiting foreigner teachers, even though Vietnamese English teachers and school managers cannot communicate with foreigners and have no knowledge about international recruitment and related issue. This creates a feedback cycle that leaves disadvantaged Vietnamese schools even more behind in the commitment to teach English.

We are filling the gap by aiding these public schools and English learning centers in the countryside through a holistic approach including business training, networking, and supported access to international teachers/intern/volunteers to ensure their success.

Our goal is to improve and expand English language education, and plant the seeds of linguistic and cultural understanding that set students on a path toward success in international business and diplomacy.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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