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Learning GIS by Students in Vietnam

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This recent photo is from a university classroom in Hue, Vietnam. The students are learning to use state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.

Count the number of students in the class.  Did you count about  23? Then count the number of computers. Did you count 7? That computes to an average of 3+ students per computer.

The class instructor told me that many of the students are from the Vietnamese countryside and their families are poor - just able to afford university tuition but not able to provide a computer for their daughter or son.

Approval has been granted by the university administration to award two laptops - one to a  female and one to a male student studying GIS - provided we are able to raise enough money to purchase two laptops in Hue City.

The broad goal of this project is to inspire and equip two students for future accomplishments by overcoming obstacles that currently limit their potential.

Candidates who are eligible to apply for the awards must be from poor families, 3rd or 4th year students and planning to pursue a career that will use their GIS knowledge. 

You can help with a donation to fund the purchase of two laptops. The cost is 600 USD per laptop which includes licensing Microsoft Office software.

The total amount needed to complete this project is $1,200. If we raise more money, we will expand the project to include more students.

I will be in Vietnam in late October.  At that time we will select the award recipients, purchase the computers and make the presentation to the two students.  Please lend your support to improving the lives of two capable but under-resourced Vietnamese students.

PS - for those interested in the technicalities - the QGIS software used in the class is open source (zero cost). The  open source curriculum is Vol 1 - Intro to GIS, Vol 2 - Using GIS to Assess Forest Coverage and Vol 3 - Using GIS for Crop Monitoring. The curriculum is in English with a parallel Vietnamese translation.
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Yesterday (Nov 18) was the celebration of Teachers Day in the Environmental Science department of the university here in Hue, Vietnam. Students formally thanked their teachers with speeches, songs and rap - yes rap.

The highlight for us was our opportunity to present two scholarship of laptop computers to students whose family finances could not afford a computer for their student. It’s difficult to learn technical, scientific subject matter by only watching your deskmate’s computer screen because you have no computer of your own. Students learn by doing so the laptops presented as scholarships will open new worlds of learning for both these two students. We plan to follow them by email during the next year to hear their stories of the differences these computers will make for them in achieving their future goals.

I attached two photos -- 1) the presentation on stage, and 2) the two recipients with their GIS instructor, Dr Tin.

A special thanks to the persons who helped fund this purchase of two laptops for the students through this GoFundMe project. Both students expressed their sincere thanks to the donors - their English is limited so our translators helped with understanding. This experience was so encouraging to the student and faculty that I think we may do this again next year. If you are interested in helping out then, let me know and I'll "put you on the list" of people to contact when the time comes around.
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I am reading Malcolm Gladwell's book "Outliers" and was struck by one statement where he says "Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good."
I thought about our project to provide two computers to students without means to buy their own. I connected Gladwell's statement about practice with our classroom situation where 2/3 of the students "just watch but can't practice", and I am encouraged that the goal our funding project is aimed at the right target - practice.
We are now 1/3 of the way to our funding goal of $1,200.
www.gofundme.com/learning-by-students-in-vietnam
If you can help, please do.
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The first donations have been received for the GIS student laptop project. We have until October to raise the funds but, at this stage, some more donations will give us some momentum. Please send a link to any friends you think might have an interest.
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