Japan hands over funds to build new primary school

A signing ceremony took place yesterday between the Government of Japan and the People’s Committee of An Vien Commune to build a primary school in Tien Lu District of the northern province Hung Yen.

Japanese Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba (R) and Do Ngoc Thanh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of An Vien Commune exchange an agreement under which Japan will fund construction of the primary school in the commune.(Photo: Courtesy of Japanese Embassy)

Japanese Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba handed over US$90,842 to Do Ngoc Thanh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of An Vien Commune on August 4 at the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam.

An Vien Commune Primary School has no solid classrooms due to local socio-economic constraints and has borrowed rooms from the commune’s temple and nearby secondary school.

However, the temple’s rooms are also seriously degraded, and have no lighting systems, making it dark inside even during daytime, which affects the health and safety of pupils. In the secondary school, primary pupils and secondary pupils are learning half a day only, which is inadequate. Meanwhile, their parents’ average annual income is US$418; the commune’s poverty rate is 19 percent; therefore, they cannot financially support renovations the school requires.

Under this circumstance, the People’s Committee of An Vien Commune planned to construct a new six-classroom building. The Government of Japan decided to grant the aid necessary to purchase materials for the project.
At the ceremony, Ambassador Sakaba expressed his hopes that the educational environment in An Vien Commune would improve markedly and further the friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and Vietnam.

By Uyen Phuong

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