The Graduation Ceremony of the 11th Saigon Hospitality Course (12/2013 – 07/2014) was on 2nd July 2014. All the students and guests celebrated the date in a cosy but formal way, in order to mark the success of this course. 36 out of 40 students graduated from the course, which was equal to 90%. Two months after the course, 28 out of 36 students have been employed in big restaurants with an average level of salary at 3,300,000 VND per month. The success of this course as well as previous courses has played a very important role for the success of the next one. Talisman will continue to sponsor 32 students of this new course. At the Opening Ceremony of Course 12 (04/09/2014), Talisman appreciated the great benefits these courses have brought. Additionally, SCC was very happy to continue to receive the kind and generous sponsorship from Talisman.
JAPANESE CLASS 3
Five students from Japanese Class 1 and 6 from Class 2 always tried their best to overcome the challenge of learning a new language. This was their way to show their appreciation to the donor. Besides learning in the class, they had some extra-curricular activities to understand more about Japanese culture and business as well. In the third quarter of 2014, the students had had a cooking session of making Japanese food at Star Kitchen restaurant as well as a factory tour to Yakult. Furthermore, the opening ceremony of the Japanese Class 3 was on 6th of September with representatives from Dears Brain/Shared Smile Japan (DB/SSJ), SCC and 12 students.
During the courses, besides the generous financial support, SCC really appreciated the kind support from a member of SSJ’s staff – Ms. Akane and other volunteers, such as Ms. Chihiro. They had been very enthusiastic to help the students with their listening and speaking skills every month. Ms. Akane will finish her work at Shared Smile Japan at the end of 2014 and return to Japan for her upcoming plans. On behalf of Thang Long School and the students, SCC wishes her all the best for her future journey.
All projects of WWO programme are focused on children with disabilities and helping them to realise their capabilities. “Home Learning Box” was the project of Thien Chi Centre (Binh Thuan province). This was the first project outside Ho Chi Minh City supported by WWO with a grant. 30 children with disabilities – intellectual disability, dyslexia and dyscalia – who were living in deep rural areas of Duc Linh commune - had been instructed in how to do self-study by 8 staff members of Thien Chi Centre. In addition, the parents and local authorities had a chance to participate in workshops to understand more about public policies for children with disabilities, as well as how to teach their children effectively.