Rural children have nowhere to learn to swim
T C N D N P
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 childrens interest to learn to swim but we are not in a position to do anything about it. We need help, much help. VNS