5 days 4 nights.
30 students from Singapore
1 agricultural commune in Tra Vinh, Vietnam
3 days of lessons on STEM (Science Tech Engineering Math) to inspire and educate.
1 camera, 1 lens.
1 story of renewed passion to tell.
Ho Chi Minh City.
the Local Commune’s HQ for EcoVietnam
Our beneficiary Sub-School B in the Phong Thanh Agriculture Commune, (Cau Ke, Tra Vinh)
Team E and F out of 6 teams
*all images were shot using the Fujifilm X-T3 and XF23mm f2 setup.
Unlike cities like Ho Chi Minh where the population density and growth has exploded in the last decade, rural Vietnam has largely been left undeveloped, with most of these villages still engaged in agriculture for sustenance and a living, and as such, efforts to bring education to lift the rural locals out of poverty has been largely weak.
The excitement and intense curiosity of the Cau Ke children is one that will stay in my heart for a long time, for it reminds that we are all alike and the only difference in that we were simply born in different places and as such, have different access to education, opportunities and life. Potential wise, these children have as much potential to learn and impact society as any child in a more developed country.
Come in locally driven NGOs like EcoVietnam who partner organisations to bring education and much needed exposure to these areas, and its mutually beneficial, with our Singaporean students understanding that access to education is far from an universal right and a privilege in some communities and most important of all, anyone can make a difference if they allow themselves to go beyond the steps of simply mouthing and take action.
Thank you for reading.