The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) implemented the Primary Education for Disadvantaged Children Project (PEDC) with financing from the International Development Association (IDA), bilateral donor grants and the Government of Vietnam. The objective of the project was to improve access to primary school and the quality of education for disadvantaged girls and boys. The PEDC introduced the concept of Fundamental School Quality Levels (FSQL) in Vietnam. This represented the first step toward achieving national school standards in Vietnam. FSQL defined the minimum package of inputs necessary for providing a quality education at a school, and the basic outcomes that are expected of schools.

The project’s aim was to benefit people living in rural area by improving the provision of basic services such as water, sanitation and community health. Rural communities’ access to clean water was improved as a result of project implementation. The project was designed to be carried out in two phases, supporting Vietnam’s National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy up to 2020 (RWSS 2020). Each phase overlapped by approximately two years and lasted about five years. The first phase of the project began in 2006.