The new three-story building features eight classrooms and two meeting rooms. In addition, several existing structures were converted in dormitories with new bunk beds to give the students more living space. In times of natural disaster, Pho Bang primary school can also serve as an emergency shelter.

 

US Ambassador Osius and Chairman of Dong Van District’s People’s Committee Hoang Van Thinh
unveil the plaque commemorating the school’s inauguration

The two sides cut a ribbon to signify the school’s handover to the Pho Bang authority
The US Ambassador talks with students from Pho Bang primary school (Photos: US Embassy Hanoi)

“My country has a saying; our children today are the future of tomorrow. And in front of me, I see the future leaders of Vietnam and the world. I am also a proud father of two beautiful children so I understand the importance of having a safe and good environment for education. Vietnam has a saying, “To reap a return in 10 years, grow trees, to reap a return in 100 years, grow people”. I hope this school provides the foundation that will help propel Vietnam to its fullest potential”, said Ambassador Osius during the official handover of the school.

Since 2009, the US Government, through the Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Action Program, has partnered with the Vietnamese government to construct schools, clinics, disaster coordination centers and bridges in many towns and villages throughout Vietnam.

The Pho Bang primary school is the 20th educational unit this cooperation has built in the nation./.

ATP