A special school in Tonlé Sap

Reporter of the People’s Army Newspaper had a chance to join the delegation of the Department of Economy under the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense to visit the school right on the occasion of the Vietnamese Teachers’ Day (November 20). It is a complex of wooden houses, painted with blue and yellow colors with red roofs and located among locals’ temporary houses on the lakeside. A board with the inscription, “Vietnamese primary school presented by Military Region 7 of the Vietnam People’s Army” in the Vietnamese and Khmer languages is attached to the wall of the school. The Vietnam Primary School on Tonlé Sap Lake According to Thai Hong Son, Deputy Headmaster of the school, Tonlé Sap, or “Bien Ho” in Vietnamese, is the biggest fresh water lake in the Southeast Asia region and the first biosphere reserve in Cambodia recognized by the UNESCO in 1997. Most people living in Tonlé Sap are Vietnamese people, who pursue their traditional livelihood of fishing. Under the regulation of the Cambodian Government, they could only fish from October this year to June of the following year annually because the remaining time is the breeding season of fishes. In spite of struggling life, the local Vietnamese community here always wants their children to learn the Vietnamese language to maintain their roots. Understanding the Vietnamese residents’ desire, Teacher Tran Van Tu from Tay Ninh province decided to open a Vietnamese school in the area in 1997. In a sad voice, Son told that Tu has… [Read full story]

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