Vietnamese Children Fund in Tokyo building classrooms and granting scholarship to student in Ben Tre

Doctor Nguyen Duc Hoe, Principal of the Dong Du Japanese Language School in Ho Chi Minh City and a member of the La Xanh (Green Leaves) Scholarship Fund, has accompanied Mr Iida Hiroyasu, head of the Vietnamese Children Fund Office in Tokyo, Japan, and Ms Kudo Yumiko, member of the La Xanh Scholarship Fund, on a visiting trip to the Primary School of Qui An Village, Hoa Loi Commune, Thanh Phu District.

After witnessing makeshift, low-roofed and dilapidated classrooms, Mr Iida Hiroyasu contacted local authorities and agreed to extract a sum of money from the Vietnamese Children Fund to finance the construction of 3-4 classrooms for the school campus in Qui An Village. The visit and the subsequent agreement is seen as a result from great efforts by the Tuoi Tre and Dong Khoi newspapers to seek the sponsorship and introduce it to Thanh Phu District.

The Vietnamese Children Fund in Tokyo, Japan, was established in 1991. It has since donated huge sums of money to building many classroms in 10 localities across the country, including Luong Hoa Commune, Giong Trom District, Ben Tre Province. The VCF has also set up two scholarship funds named La Xanh and Mai Vang (Golden Apricot), which have so far granted a total of almost 5,000 scholarships to poor and studious primary and high school students.

In the past time, Dr Hoe said, the VCF has granted full scholarship to a lot of Vietnamese students for studying in Japan, chiefly in sciences and technology. Graduates may be allowed to follow higher education and do master degrees or the Ph.D. in Japan if they are capable.

Beside their good work in math, physics and English, especially an awareness of the community, students also have to pass an express class of Japanese language at the Dong Du school before going to study in Japan. This year, the VCF plans to set aside 5 scholarships for Ben Tre's students.

Translated by Truong Hung

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