VietNamNet Bridge – Something took place right in Hanoi--some parents blocked the
way to prevent HIV infected children from entering schools and forced them to
come back to their center.
Going to school just to attend
the flag saluting ceremony
The “Rainbow shines” camp organized for the students infected
with or affected by HIV late last week in Ba Vi district.
Pham Dinh Duc, 13, was a fifth
grader of the Yen Bai B Primary School in Ba Vi district in Hanoi in the
2010-2011 academic year. However, though Duc was listed as a student of the
school, he and the other 33 students could only go to the school on Monday
morning every week to attend the flag saluting ceremony.
After the ceremony, the
children had to return to the Center for Labor and Social Affairs No 2, to
attend the classes there. These were the special classes, because students of
different grades were gathered in the same classes.
Since 2001, the center has
become the place nurturing the HIV infected children. Duc, 13, is now the eldest
brother of the 14-children family at the center.
In the 2006-2007 academic year,
the first five children of the center entered the first grade, including Duc. At
first, the class was opened right at the center, while the teachers were the
ones sent by the Yen Bai B School.
In the 2008-2009 academic year,
after a lot of exertions of relevant agencies, Duc and his friends could go to
the “normal classes” of the Yen Bai B Primary School in a plan to help them
integrate into the community.
However, the children were not
lucky: just after three weeks of going to the school, the children were
prevented from entering the school by some parents.
Of course, the parents were not
allowed to do the thing they wanted. Therefore, the parents forced their
children to stay off from the school. As a result, Duc and his friends had to
return to their classes at the center. Only one year later, they could go to the
school to attend the flag saluting ceremony on Monday morning.
After finishing the primary
education, the unlucky children were informed that they would be able to go to
the Yen Bai Secondary School. However, the way to school of the children still
has been blocked by extreme parents. Failing to persuade parents, on July 18,
the Ba Vi district people’s committee had to release a notice that the children
still have to keep studying at their center until favorable conditions appear.
The struggle of the love and
Dr, Lawyer Trinh Thi Le Tram,
Director of the Center for the Law, Healthcare, HIV/AIDS Policies, said that she
has discussed with the parents in Gia Lam district in Hanoi on the case of two
HIV infected students. Finally, the students have been able to go to a “normal
class at a normal school”, though there are only two of them in the class.
“We are still cannot be too
demanding at this moment. We failed to persuade the parents to allow the
children to attend the flag saluting ceremony with other friends, because the
parents refused our proposal. However, we will not give up,” Tram said.
In fact, Tram was successful in
many cases when she struggled for the right to go to school for many children.
Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong, born in 2001, whose parents both died from AIDS, is one
of the cases.
Since Phuong got five years
old, her grandparent began applying study for Phuong. With the great efforts of
the old man, Phuong was many times enrolled in different schools. However, she
could go to the schools for just several days until the local parents
“boycotted” Phuong by restricted their children to go to the schools.
As a result, Phuong was
arranged to sit a special class, where there was only one teacher and one
student. The teacher never lost heart in teaching Phuong, but the small girl
could not withstand the attitude of estrangement by the community.
However, with the support by
the Center for the Law, Healthcare, HIV/AIDS Policies, Phuong has been allowed
to the first grade of the Mai Dong Primary School since the 2010-2011.
Especially, Phuong now can sit in the same class with many other friends.
“Persuading parents to allow
their children to sit in the same classes with HIV infected children is really
an art. This is a struggle of the love and the reason,” Tram said.