On May 21st, 2020, the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction Nguyen Binh Khiem secondary school took place in Tinh Bien district, An Giang province. This project is expected to complete in October with an estimated cost of US$75,404, of which US$50,358 comes from Premier Oil and US$25,046 is counterpart funding from the local authorities.
Nguyen Binh Khiem Secondary School is the only secondary school in the commune and has no satellite site. The school has nine classrooms serving eighteen classes with 634 students. There are four temporary classrooms built a long time ago and made of just iron sheets and wooden columns. Due to the severely damaged structure, these temporary rooms are not safe for students. Facing the risk of collapsing anytime, the school needs three new classrooms to replace these temporary rooms.
In this project, saigonchildren will build three new classroom and renovate the school playground. As with all other school building projects of saigonchildren, we will also provide training on construction supervision to the Community Management Unit (formed by saigonchildren with teachers, parents, and local authority) to equip them with basic skills and knowledge to supervise the construction on a daily basis in order to ensure the school is of high quality, and that it suits their needs. After completion, workshops on school maintenance will be run in order to raise awareness among the teachers and children on the importance of school hygiene and equip them with the skills to keep the secondary school in good condition.
During this ceremony, 70 disadvantaged students of the school also received packages with food staples from the donor to help them overcome the struggles of COVID-19.
Through this partnership with the donor, the local community, and the local authorities, saigonchildren continues its mission to improve learning environment and provide access to quality education to disadvantaged children of Vietnam.