MBS and its students contribute to the financing of a library in Vietnam
A library project in Vietnam, actively supported this year by MBS and its students, was implemented a few months ago in the village of Hieu Thuan, allowing disadvantaged children to access reading. Bearing the name “Library Montpellier Business School”, it was inaugurated last March in the presence of the association behind the project Une Ecole pour Xich Tho and a highly committed MBS professor.
Contributing to equal opportunities
In order to help solidarity actions to see the light of day, the Human Resources, Diversity and CSR Department of MBS has for several years been supporting local, national or international associations via compulsory education projects in the 2nd year of the Bachelor and 1st year of the Grande Ecole Programme, called “Projets Prométhée & Alpha” (Prometheus & Alpha Projects). Since 2016, “Une école pour Xich Tho” (a school for Xich Tho) has been participating in these projects and this year, two groups of students have accompanied the association to raise the funds it needs in order to finance a library in northern Vietnam.
To help the association “Une école pour Xich Tho” to finance the restoration and development of a place dedicated to reading in a disadvantaged village of Vietnam, MBS students have put a lot of work for organising various operations on and off campus, as well as an internet crowdfunding campaign. At the same time, MBS had launched, in early 2017, an internal call for international solidarity projects, thus enabling the library project proposed by MBS professor Thi Hong Van HOANG to receive financial support. This global commitment has produced excellent results.
“Thanks to these actions, the children of the village of Hieu Thuan can now take advantage of this new space to escape through books and activities proposed by this new library” comments Thi Hong Van HOANG, professor at Montpellier Business School. “We thank all those who contributed to the opening of this library. We are very happy because in Vietnam, there are no libraries or documentation centres in the villages. Primary, secondary school and high school students are very much in demand and are extremely happy to be able to consult or borrow books. A large reading room is at their disposal. The association will complete this project with the installation of computer equipment,” adds Solange MICHEL, President of the association “A school for Xich Tho” which works to provide educational assistance to poor children in certain regions of Vietnam.