Highland school teacher devoted to ethnic minority pupils

(VOVWORLD) - Luong Huu Hai has taught at Nguyen Truong To Middle School in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak for more than 20 years. He has provided many ethnic minority children with free lodging, clothes, books, and bicycles, and helped many disadvantaged children attend school.

Highland school teacher devoted to ethnic minority pupils  - ảnh 1Teacher Luong Huu Hai adopts several disadvantaged children. (Photo: baodaklak.vn) 

The lodging houses in an alley in Ea Sang hamlet in Dak Lak rented by Luong Huu Hai are accommodating 30 poor ethnic minority pupils. Hai also teaches free English classes to 150 others and has even adopted several disadvantaged children. H’Ba Su Di M’lo is one of them.

“My family is really poor. My parents work far from home. I live with my grandparents. Teacher Hai has given me food, clothes, and helped me attend school,” said H’Ba Su Di M’lo.

Nguyen Truong To Middle School has many ethnic minority pupils in difficult circumstances. Hai said he just wants to do something to ease their burden.

“I moved to the Central Highlands when I was 10. I had a lot of difficulty attending school. I studied to become a teacher, so I could help poor local children get an education,” said Hai.

Bui Dinh Thao, Headmaster of Nguyen Truong To school, said that for many years Hai has been encouraging poor children to attend school. 

“Teacher Hai has done a lot to help poor children. Hai himself is poor. He doesn’t own a house. He rents lodging houses and provides free accommodation and free classes to poor children,” said Thao.

Since early this year, Hai has worked with donors to provide books, clothing, and bicycles worth nearly 8,700 USD to poor ethnic minority pupils. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has mobilized 65,000 face masks, 460 liters of hand sanitizer, and 21 thermometers. 

Nguyen Huu Nhat, Chairman of EaH’Ding commune’s People’s Committee, said, “Hai has collaborated with charity clubs inside and outside the province to provide help to poor ethnic minority pupils. He has participated in charity trips, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, has found donors to support people in quarantine.”