Australian NGO funds kindergarten, school library in Vietnam

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Australian-supported NGO Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program Friday commemorated the opening of a kindergarten in Song Cau town in Phu Yen Province.

LVAP provided more than VND1.7 billion (around US$80,500) for the construction of Xuan Thanh Kindergarten in the ward of the same name, while Ho Chi Minh City-based kindergarten Smartkids provided VND75 million for teaching equipment.

A day earlier LVAP had commemorated the upgrade of Hoa My Tay Primary School 1 in Tay Hoa District of Phu Yen Province with the construction of a library at a cost of more than VND154 million.

Loreto Program said: "Our desire is that all children have the best possible place to learn."

It said a library is significant since reading books regularly stimulates children's imagination, improves their attention span, accelerates their emotional development, and fosters natural curiosity.

The NGO's team, all of whom are teachers, said books also help children develop communication skills, master a language, develop social skills, increase the ability to think logically, learn about new experiences, and discover new interests.

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