The Next Step
In 2012, ES-MN took on an exciting new challenge as we initiated ‘The Next Step’, an educational program that enables ES-MN students to continue their education through high school and university. During the first year of operations, we provided financial support to 35 ES-MN students attending high school in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne village. The students enrolled in high school in the city of Phan Thiet (about 30 minutes from Mui Ne) are lodged in the ES-MN dormitory where they are looked after by two staff members. For the students enrolled in high school in Mui Ne village, ES-MN covers tuition fees and books while they continue living with their families.
In the fall of 2013, the number of students enrolled in this program will almost double, as 30 new ES-MN students have been accepted to high school.
For ES-MN students who get accepted to university, but who are not able to finance their higher education on their own, ES-MN provides a scholarship covering tuition fees and books. In 2012, six students started their first year of university in varies parts of Vietnam. ES-MN provides financial support to five of these students.
The high school students as well as university students are still an important part of the ES-MN community. Most of them come back to Mui Ne on weekends and school holidays to attend English classes and work as mentors for the younger students, helping them study for exams and inspiring them to continue their hard work and positively evolve as young individuals.