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Vietnam provides over 50 billion kip for new school in Xieng Khuang

The government of Vietnam has provided more than 50 billion kip (137.4 billion Vietnamese dong) for the construction of a new secondary school called Phonesavanh School in Phonmixay village, Paek district, Xieng Khuang province.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the school took place recently and was attended by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr Khampheuy Keokinaly; Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Assoc. Prof Dr Khamphay Sisavanh; Acting Governor of Xieng Khuang province, Mr Bounton Chanthaphone; and officials from Vietnam.
Director of the province’s Education and Sports Department, Mr Boualy Phannavong, told Vientiane Times on Wednesday the project will cost 137.4 billion dong, to be paid for by a grant of 134.7 billion dong from Vietnam and a contribution of 2.7 billion dong from the Lao government
The new school will be built next to the primary school in Phonmixay village. It will consist of seven buildings including a two-storey teachers’ block and two two-storey blocks containing 14 classrooms.
 Another two-storey building will house a restaurant and club, while two four-storey blocks will contain teacher and student accommodation, and another building will contain toilets and other facilities.
Mr Boualy said the new school will be used by about 500 students and the new apartments will accommodate about 60 percent of the students.
The existing two-storey building can accommodate 100 students but is no longer big enough to handle growing numbers.
Vietnam has provided assistance to Laos in many areas, particularly education.
Last month, the Vietnamese government agreed to provide a grant of more than 16 billion kip (over US$2 million) to build a secondary school in Buamngam village, Huameuang district, Huaphan province.
The new school will be built next to the existing secondary school. The two buildings, which are both two storeys, will have 16 classrooms. There is also a two-storey block for student accommodation containing 16 rooms, a two-storey teachers’ section with eight offices, a two-storey library with 12 rooms, a club, toilets and other facilities, according to local authorities.
The two schools will be used by about 1,000 students and the new apartments will accommodate about 200 students. A model of the new school has been submitted to the sectors involved but has not yet been approved.The authorities expect work to begin soon and say the school should be finished in two years. Last year, Vietnam provided a grant of 30 billion dong (US$1.32 million) for the construction of a new secondary school in Pakxan district, Borikhamxay province, to mark Laos-Vietnam Friendship Year. The project is slated for completion in August.
The new school will be built next to the existing 30-year-old Sithanaxay Secondary School on a site measuring 2,126 square metres.
The four-storey building will have eight classrooms, two laboratories and a meeting room.
Vietnam also provided a grant of 120 billion dong (more than 49 billion kip) for the construction of the new Bounneua Secondary School in Bounneua district, Phongsaly province. Two three-storey buildings containing 40 classrooms will be built, with each room being fully furnished.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
March 23,

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