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October 2 has now become Learning Day throughout VN

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Ha Noi — Yesterday, October 2, was observed as the first Learning Day throughout Viet Nam.

Each year, the day will be observed on this date, which is the anniversary of the Viet Nam Learning Association.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday at a meeting to mark the anniversary.

Nhan said he hoped the Prime Minister’s decision would accelerate the nation’s efforts to increase learning among the young.

“The Learning Association has given strength to millions of pupils, students and teachers in special circumstances (the poor or those whose circumstances deteriorate) to learn and teach better,” he said.

Legendary army figure General Vo Nguyen Giap is the honourable president of the association.

In a letter to the organisation, Truong Tan Sang, Permanent Secretary of the Party Central Committee , said he wanted it to link its activities with those of other civil organisations to build Viet Nam into a learned society.

Nguyen Manh Cam, the association’s president, said that since it was created 12 years ago, the organisation had gained more than six million members and had more than 250,000 sub-associations.

Every year for the past five years, the association has granted from VND250-300 billion (US$15-18 million) in scholarships to students and allowances to help needy teachers. —

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