‘Room to Read’, a library program venture in North Vietnam

‘Room to Read’, a global non-profit organization, inaugurated 20 libraries in primary schools and 11 educational institutes in Vietnam’s northern provinces of Thai Nguyen and Tuyen Quang on September 4 and 5, before the start of the new academic year.

Primary school children reading books provided by ‘‘Room to Read’ organization.

This is the first year that ‘Room to Read’ has introduced its Library Program in northern Vietnam which includes program development, planning, implementing and monitoring of libraries in the northern provinces of Vietnam.

The organization will support primary schools in establishing and managing friendly libraries in order to develop literacy skills and reading habits in primary school children.

In addition, books published by the ‘Room to Read’ organization in Vietnam will be placed in libraries in schools.

Up until now, all equipment for libraries such as cabinets, shelves, tables and chairs and over 24,000 books have already been sent to 20 schools.

David Strawbridge, Regional Program Manager for South East Asia, said ‘Room to Read’ was founded in 2001 and the first libraries in North Vietnam were designed as per the organization’s Library Program. This venture shows significant advances in the governments efforts to develop the education sector.

By P. Trung - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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