The labor ministry on Monday launched a four-year, 2.5 million euro (US$3.4 million) project that will provide educational services to around 5,000 child workers engaged in or at risk of engaging in child labor in the country.
The project, implemented in cooperation with international agencies, will also train 300 teachers, providing them with child protection knowledge and skills.
The National Program on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor will also help some 200 child victims of human trafficking integrate into the community.
The project will be implemented in Hanoi, the northern provinces of Lao Cai and Ninh Binh, the central province of Quang Nam, and the southern province of Dong Nai.
Nguyen Thanh Hoa, Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, quoted reports last year as saying between 25,000-27,000 children were working under dangerous, toxic and harsh conditions nationwide.
MoLISA has initiated the new project in collaboration with Agencia EspaÃ±ola de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (Spanish Agency of International Development Cooperation) and the International Labor Organization.