Ministry honors education sector contributors

A ceremony honoring entrepreneurs and benefactors who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the country’s education system was held January 15 by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in Hanoi.

An English class in Tran Khai Nguyen high school. Investment in the educational sector is limited because the country is still poor, says President Nguyen Minh Triet (Photo: U. Phuong)

Since 2007, domestic and overseas contributors have donated over VND1.293 billion (US$ 101,000); US$17.856 million, EUR 276,828; and 167,127 square meters of land for the construction of educational institutes.

The ceremony also praised Phan Thanh Hung from the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu who offered over 23,000 square meters of land; and Tran Van Thua and Phan Le Thu from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap who provided 2,802 and 2,000 square meters of land respectively.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet from the southern province of Soc Trang has offered land for schools three times and also called on her relatives, who lived on viable school land, to exchange properties with her. She then donated this land for schools.

In addition, seven ethnic minority families in the highland province of Kon Tum provided 19,500 square meters of land for schools, and six farmers in the central province of Hue agreed to donate 10,000 square meters.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Nguyen Minh Triet stressed that investment in the educational sector is limited because the country is still poor. Both local enterprises and overseas benefactors have relieved much of the burden in this crucial area of development, however, as they believe in the benefits of improving Vietnam’s education system.

The education sector thus ought to manage itself well out of respect for such benefactors, he added.

Mr. Triet also expected the sector would grow and improve thanks to the efforts of all other sectors in the country.

By Lam Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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