Retired teacher offers free education
  • By Thu Thao – Le Tu | | April 10, 2015 05:07 PM
Retired Hanoi teacher Nguyen Tra has been offering free classes to homeless and poor children in the capital city for two decades, helping hundreds rise up in life and opening the path for tertiary education for many.


Teacher Nguyen Tra at his Huong Thien (Toward the Good) class 

Tra, 83, has been teaching for free since he retired in 1992.

“I want to provide homeless and poor children with knowledge, a helpful tool to change their futures," he said.

To keep the children coming back, Tra often organises picnics to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and parks and zoos.


Several of his students have achieved success

He had led four classes a week, but failing health has meant cutting back to one a week.

The class has become popular in the community and attracted the attention of many teachers. Eight teachers have volunteered to provide lessons on different subjects to help Tra.

Tra received a letter last November from President Truong Tan Sang commending his contribution to education.

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