More than VND2 billion to help improve children's reading culture

Saturday, 2021-04-10 12:58:23
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A new library has been inaugurated at Ngo Quyen Primary School (Photo: AAV)
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NDO – A new library that is "excellent in facilities and book categories", according to the regulations of the Ministry of Education and Training for school libraries, was inaugurated and handed over to the Ngo Quyen Primary School, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, on April 9.

This is the result of the project "Developing libraries and reading culture at Ngo Quyen Primary School", which is being implemented from 2020-2021 with the aim of improving the quality of education through improving the quality of the library.

With a budget of more than VND2 billion, the project is supported by KB Securities Vietnam Joint Stock Company (KBS) through two organisations: ChildFund Korea and ActionAid Vietnam (AAV).

The new library covers an area of 120 square metres, with nearly 16,400 books of all kinds, such as: textbooks, professional books, reference books, and children's books. It is equipped with computers, which have been installed with book management software and a modern library operating system allowing up to 90 students to read at the same time.

The project also organises a book festival programme, along with many activities such as introducing books, reading and storytelling competitions about books, visiting the library, to promote reading culture, with the participation of nearly 500 children.

Binh Tan is a densely populated district of Ho Chi Minh City, with about 790,000 people as of 2020. Of these, about 60% are immigrants. Despite a lot of investment, the public education service delivery system in Binh Tan has not kept up with the pressure of the large number of immigrants.

Located in the heart of Vinh Loc Industrial Park, Ngo Quyen Primary School is one of the schools with the greatest pressure from immigrants, with about 3,500 students in 2018-2019, of which 50% are migrant children. The current number of students at the school is 50 students per class, much higher than the regulations. In the 2019 - 2020 school year, the school has more than 4,000 students.