Raise your hand - Share your voice Award Ceremony

Raise your hand - Share your voice Award Ceremony

On Friday, 16 May, LIN Center for Community Development and the ILA Community Network announced the winners of the Raise your hand - Share your voice Contest at ILA Vietnam, 146 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3.

As part of the Narrow the Gap campaign for Education 2014, the Raise your hand - Share your voice Contes sought to engage Ho Chi Minh residents in the campaign by asking them to share stories and ideas that could help local, not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) think about ways to improve access to education for marginalized groups in and near Ho Chi Minh City.

LIN received 93 submissions, including videos and written submissions, during the official timeline for the Ideas Contest. The ideas submitted pointed to the need: for sensitization of society towards the needs of marginalized groups; for guidance (from peers, teachers, mentors or parents) that allows individuals to gain confidence in themselves and empowers them to explore and identify their own interests and passions; to integrate practical applications of theories into the classroom experience; to adapt new technology in order to connect marginalized groups to information and resources that can help them overcome their difficulties; for financial support in the form of educational loans/scholarships/grants so that cost will not continue to be a barrier. The examples and ideas were incorporated into a call for proposals inviting local NPOs to propose projects that incorporate their experiences with the best ideas submitted during the campaign.

We are thrilled to announce the five winners of sponsored prizes, which was determined based on the number of likes/comments on Facebook, eligibility for a sponsored prize and evaluation of the quality of the idea presented

The 1st Prize, one full course scholarship at ILA, LIN Paraphernalia and 2 Tickets to Narrow the Gap Event, was awarded to Ms. Nhi. Her idea was that "Every school should have a psychologist, who can schedule regular meetings with children to build each individuals' confidence, to provide timely and appropriate advice and to help at the right time so that no one should have trouble on the road to education." Read on Facebook

The 2nd Prize, 40% Discount for one full course scholarship at ILA, LIN Paraphernalia and 2 Tickets to Narrow the Gap Event, was awarded to Ms. Nguyễn Thành Nữ Yến Nhi. Her idea was to Organize free classes for street children who cannot afford to go to school who would then be each asked to organize classes for at least two other friends/children (focus on geometric progression) to multiply the number of children who can get access to education. Watch on Youtube

The 3rd Prize was gave to Mr. Hoàng Quốc Huy, and 4th Prizes were gave to Ms. Trần Thụy Ngọc Anh and Ms. Nguyễn Ngọc Mỹ Linh.

LIN would like to thank the ILA Community Network for its sponsorship of the Narrow the Gap campaign for education and especially for their support for the Ideas Contest. We would also like to thank ILA Vietnam, Starbucks, www.motthegioi.vn and Irish Aid for their support and contributions to the Ideas Contest and the Narrow the Gap campaign for Education.