Promoting the inclusive development of ethnic minority youth by improving employability and entrepreneurship in Vietnam




Access to quality education complicated for ethnic minorities

Living mainly in remote areas, ethnic minorities face many barriers to accessing quality education, which pushes them into the informal sector. Economic disparities have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting the employment of 68.6% of ethnic minority families, compared to 58.4% for KinhThe pandemic led to permanent job loss for 64.7% of ethnic minority family members (1). The pandemic led to permanent job loss for 64.7% of ethnic minority family members (1).

To support this project :

[1] UN Women & UNDP, 2020.

Vietnam, |2017 À 2023|Education for life (training and employment) 

2 provinces: Lao Cai - Hoa Binh


The aim of the project

Improving access to vocational guidance and training, as well as employability and entrepreneurship opportunities, to create and promote sustainable livelihoods for ethnic minority youth living in the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam. With funding and support from the European Union, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank, Action Education is increasing the resilience and skills of young people to meet labour market needs. We strengthen partnerships and engagement with local businesses, identify and support entrepreneurship initiatives for ethnic minority youth.

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What we did

Key figures

  • Despite COVID-19, in both provinces our project directly supported 2,862 people (of which 57% were women).
  • We have produced professional guidelines in three professions for students and teachers in secondary schools and vocational training centres.
  • We have completed and disseminated packages of learning materials on vocational guidance and training, as well as on startups.
  • Recognising the innovation and relevance of our work, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (Ministry of labour, invalids and social affairs - MOLISA) approved the material and called for its introduction in 63 other provinces and municipalities in the country.


other provinces have adopted our learning materials


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Our partners

 North West Cooperation and Development Centre . Lao Cai Department of Education and Training . Lao Cai Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs . HSBC . Standard chartered bank . Lao Cai Youth Union . European Union

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