Ru­ral chil­dren have nowhere to learn to swim

Viet Nam News - - Opinion -


Un­like my gen­er­a­tion, few chil­dren in my com­mu­nity know to swim. It is be­cause the ponds where we used to learn to swim, have been filled up. The river nearby is not avail­able for swim­ming ei­ther be­cause lo­cal peo­ple use it to grow veg­eta­bles.

As a re­sult, none of my four chil­dren know how to swim. Be­sides, there are no places to learn and swim­ming pools are such a lux­ury in ru­ral ar­eas.

If there is an ini­tia­tive to teach chil­dren in ru­ral ar­eas swim­ming skills, it will only be able to draw par­tic­i­pants if it gives free lessons. The amount of VN 200,000 ( 9.5) for a swim­ming course is still too much to ask re­gard­ing present liv­ing stan­dards.

Mean­while, ru­ral par­ents worry more about money to cover daily ex­penses or tuition for their kids. The peo­ple in my vil­lage are too busy mak­ing ends meet than wor­ry­ing about the threat of child drown­ing.

We know that it is in our chil­dren’s in­ter­est to learn to swim but we are not in a po­si­tion to do any­thing about it. We need help, much help. — VNS

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