Cargill opens two more new Cares school s in Vietnam

August 26, 2019 | 11:58
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As the new academic year begins in early September, US-backed Cargill Company has opened its 92nd school in Vietnam, in the central province of Quang Binh.

The arrival of this new school keeps Cargill well on track of its goal of building 100 schools in the country by the end of 2020. The new school, Quang Long primary school, is situated in Quang Long ward of Ba Don town.

The school will provide enhanced primary education facilities to almost 250 small children from six to 10 years of age. The construction of the school started in March this year and is now ready to serve teachers and students. The new school creates a safe, conductive, convenient, and friendly environment for the children to learn and play with five new classrooms, restrooms, gate, and fence.

cargill opens two more new cares school s in vietnam
Cargill has opened its 92nd school in Vietnam in the central province of Quang Binh

Within a space of two weeks, Cargill opened two new schools for local communities in Vietnam. The 91st school, called My Thanh kindergarten in Ben Tre province, was inaugurated on August 8, 2019. The school site includes three new classrooms, restrooms, a gate, and fence.

Employee-led Cargill Cares Councils also set up a library there with more than 400 kindergarten books to help the children get access to educational books and establish a reading habit from early childhood.

The total investment from Cargill Cares to build these two new schools was approximately $115,000. This builds on a total investment of $15.1million by Cargill in 2018 in education programmes worldwide.

Both schools are located in rural areas where people are earning a living mainly from crop and animal farming and may lack adequate education facilities for their small children. The existing facilities often do not meet the demands of the growing number of children in the areas.

Cargill Cares was there to acknowledge the people’s wish for new school facilities and put forward resources to address this immediate need. The team utilised the summer break to accelerate the construction of the two school sites. Cargill plans to open another five schools to reach its 97th school target by the end of May 2020.

“Our school building programme was initiated and implemented to respond to the needs and common belief of Vietnamese people that the quality of their lives can be improved through education,” said Luan Nguyen, country president of Cargill in Vietnam. “We have been building schools for Vietnam for 24 years, and we will continue to do so in many years to come in the areas where education infrastructure is in urgent need of improvement, for a better future of Vietnamese children. Through this programme, we are committed to helping Vietnamese communities thrive.”

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