Tuoi Tre newspaper handed Saturday a classroom and a teacher’s dorm room over to Ta Mieu Kindergarten, which primarily consists of makeshift classrooms, in the northern border province of Dien Bien as part of its traditional social responsibility.
The classroom covers a usable area of 60 square meters that can house 15 to 20 students, while the other is adequately equipped with necessary living facilities.
Tuoi Tre readers donated over VND310 milllion (US$14,900) to build these rooms for the school, which is situated in Muong Nhe District, bordering Laos and China.
The newspaper also presented cash, candies, and school bags to the school’s students during last weekend’s inaugural ceremony.
Vice district chairman Vu A Bang said the handover of the rooms was of high significance, as Muong Nhe is Dien Bien’s poorest and most remote locality where half of its 150 schools are merely comprised of improvised classrooms made of thatch and bamboo leaves.
“It has given us more faith and motivation to continue our teaching in this highland border area,” local teachers said.
The handover also bears a deeply symbolic value since it fell around the 58th anniversary of the famous Dien Bien Phu victory in 1954, which ended French colonialism in Vietnam.