Student at the Bread-Pastry Making School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The bread-pastry making schools in Hué and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam offer young men and women from underprivileged backgrounds training in bread-pastry making. Over a year and a half, the apprentices learn a unique know-how, as well as cross-cutting competences that are useful for their personal development and their professional integration. On the basis of this same model, the IECD opened a new school in Yangon, Myanmar, in 2018.

Kim is 19 years old and comes from the province of Bình Thuận in southern Vietnam. From a modest background, nothing suggested that she would continue her studies after school, yet, today, she is a student at the bread-pastry making school in Ho Chi Minh City.

“After my parents divorced, myself and my little sister were brought up by our grandmother. I didn’t think that I could continue my studies beyond the baccalaureate because we didn’t have much money.

Then I heard about the French Bread-making school. I was tempted, but I felt guilty about not being able to earn a living for another year and a half with my sister having given up her studies in order to be independent.

Finally, with my grandmother’s encouragements, who said that it was an opportunity for me, I decided to follow the training. After six months, I know that I made the right decision! The school is very professional, very demanding and I learn many things, including how to behave. I know that with this training I am preparing a good future for myself: I will earn a good salary that will allow me to save money and build a house for my family.

My dearest dream is to become the manager of a 5-star hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh City: I would be so proud! “