PeaceTrees Vietnam Builds 22nd Kindergartens in Quang Tri

New kindergartenz sponsored by PeaceTrees Vietnam, will be an important resource to children in the central province of Quang Tri, the most severely contaminated locality in Vietnam.

A groundbreaking ceremony has been organized for a new kindergarten at Cup village, Huc Nghi commune, Dakrong district of Quang Tri province.

At the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo: PeaceTrees Vietnam

The school is expected to contribute to the improvement of educational facilities in the district as well as the quality of learning for students in mountainous areas which still face many difficulties.

This is the cooperation project between PeaceTrees Vietnam, a US-based humanitarian organization, and the People’s Committee of Dakrong District.

This is also the 22nd kindergarten funded by PeaceTrees Vietnam with the generous support and caring of PeaceTrees’s friends. This new classroom will enable children from 2-3 years old in Cup village to attend kindergarten in next school year.

As always, the PeaceTrees’s demining team do unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance for the site before the construction is started.

The village’s children will be able to attend class regularly and benefit from early childhood education. Photo: PeaceTrees Vietnam

In 1995, PeaceTrees Vietnam was the first international non-governmental organization (NGO) coming to the province to help address post-war consequences through demining and mine risk education, victim assistance, community building projects and citizen diplomacy in partnership with the people of Quang Tri province.

This year, PeaceTrees Vietnam supported library corners in 15 primary school classrooms in Quang Tri province, which increase the number of books per school and offer students a dedicated space for reading and learning how to stay safe from the risks of explosive remnants of war. The books are chosen by the school, and teachers and students decorate each space.

According to Nguyen Trieu Thuong, Director of the provincial Department for Foreign Affairs, since 2020, there have been 122 NGO-funded programs and projects in the field launched in the province. Their costs totaled more than USD 59 million.

Their assistance helped revive many local places once severely contaminated by bombs and mines, she said.

Quang Tri is the most polluted locality in terms of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Vietnam, with over 82% of its land area contaminated. War-left landmines and bombs have killed over 3,430 people and injured 5,100 since the war ended in 1975.

Since 1995, the local authorities have cooperated with international organizations to carry out demining activities.

By 2025, the province targets to clear 30,000ha of land, meaning it needs to mobilize some 10 million USD from foreign NGOs a year.