Poor pupils in province to get new school

Thursday, Oct 06, 2016 12:05

Signing ceremony to build Samsung Hope School in northern Thai Nguyen Province. — VNS Photo Vu Hoa
THAI NGUYEN (Biz Hub) — A Samsung Hope School will be built in Quyet Thang Ward in the city of Thai Nguyen in hopes of bringing comprehensive childhood development activities for children in the locality.

Viet Nam-Korea Friendship Association Thai Nguyên and Korea Food for the Hungry International, with support from Samsung Electronics Viet Nam, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the Viet Nam-Korea Collaboration Centre. This centre will initiate projects to assist people living in the province and focus on helping young pupils in difficult circumstances, creating an educational and developmental environment.

The centre will play a primary role in initiating and constructing the Samsung Hope School project with total budget of some VND22 billion (US$950,000) over 10 years. Of this amount, $500,000 will be sponsored by Samsung Electronics Viet Nam Thai Nguyen (SEVT), which includes the entire construction cost and the first year's operating cost. The rest of the operating budget will be collected through sponsorship from charity organisations, donors and Samsung Viet Nam.

The project is a part of Samsung's effort in fostering the province's young generation. It also serves as an appreciation campaign for locals in areas where Samsung's factory operates.

The school will be built with modern equipment and will create a harmonious system consisting of classes (arts, music, information technology and languages), library, playground, cafeteria and washrooms. Extra-curricular activities such as interaction, healthcare and charity will also be undertaken. By participating in Samsung Hope School programmes, these 300 provincial students will benefit from a complete educational environment, combining studies with hands-on learning as well as play.

"Through this project, Samsung wishes to help the children here improve their skills, gain more knowledge and realise their dreams of becoming model citizens, thus contributing to society," Hyunwoo Bang, vice president of Samsung Viet Nam, said. "As a large enterprise, Samsung is aware of our responsibility to the community. A philosophy which we always pursue is improving the quality of life for people living where we operate our businesses."

The project is the second of its kind in Viet Nam to be sponsored entirely by Samsung. In 2013, the first $300,00 Samsung Hope School, funded by donations from Samsung Electronics Korea employees, was inaugurated in Bac Ninh Province's Lac Ve District, providing education to 200 students from elementary to high school. The SEV factory is located in the same area. — VNS

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