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2008 HealthEd News

Health and Education Volunteers (HealthEd) Pushes Education at Grassroots Level

Ten New Primary Schools Opened in Central Highlands

Local communities in the central highlands province of Kon Tum held two ceremonies to celebrate the inauguration of ten new primary schools constructed with the support of the Nippon Foundation and AEFA (Japan). The schools, one in the Buon Don district, Dak Lak province, five in Tu Mo Rong and four in Dak To districts, Kon Tum province were constructed in only three months and are now open to serve the children of this mountain region.

Besides the financial and technical support from HealthEd and the Nippon Foundation, local governments and communities shared in the cost of building the new schools.  Government agencies contributed additional funding and village residents provided labor and some construction materials.  The new schools are also fully accessible for students with disabilities, with ramps providing entry to the buildings.  The Nippon Foundation plans to support the construction of 100 schools in this vast mountainous region, where many students currently attend schools without heat, lights or sealed walls and ceilings.

The opening ceremonies held on November 5 and 6, 2008, began with traditional music and dance performances, including the UNESCO-recognized rhythmic drumming of the Se Dang ethnic minority group in Dak Ro Nga village.  Following speeches by school officials and government representatives, HealthEd distributed small gifts of snacks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and shampoo to students.


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