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Libraries help ethnic students improve Vietnamese language




Ethnic students in Trần Quốc Tuấn Primary School in Chư Drăng Commune of Krông Pa District enjoy reading in the school library. — VNA/ Photo Hồng Điệp

GIA LAI — Ethnic minority children in Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) Province of Gia Lai have significantly improved their Vietnamese language skills thanks to a new project on expanding “friendly libraries” in local classes and schools.

Setting up libraries in schools was one of the tasks to strengthen Vietnamese language for pre-school and primary school students in ethnic minority areas.

Since it was launched five years ago, speaking, reading and writing skills of ethnic minority students in many districts improved.

In the 2020-2021 school year, Gia Lai Province has 300 primary schools and more than 600 small-scale school branches over several remote mountainous areas with a total of 6,000 classes and 165,000 students, of which half were ethnic minority.

These children suffer many difficulties and disadvantages, and have little opportunity to access advanced society, so their language skills are limited.

And because they are used to speaking in their own languages, and rarely attend kindergarten classes before school, lessons are difficult to understand.

Gia Lai’s education sector is upgrading facilities and teaching equipment in primary schools.

Many schools set up their own libraries with a variety of books, comics and magazines to help students.

Schools also organised after-school activities such as singing competitions, reading festivals, drawing contests and stationery making competitions.

These activities were helpful and created excitement for ethnic students.

Trần Quốc Tuấn Primary School in Chư Drăng Commune of Krông Pa District which has five branches and nearly 600 ethnic students has seen improvements in the classrooms.

Đoàn Thị Thúy, school principal, said: “In order to make students more interested in going to class, the school was constantly creating a beautiful environment, especially with the library.

“We bought new books, magazines and comics to attract students to come and read, improving their language skills.”

Since the project was launched, the school found that students had developed well, and the quality increased year by year.

Ksor H’Bươi, a fourth grader, said: “After class, my friends and I often went to the library to read books.

“Many of my friends read faster and wrote better thanks to reading books and stories in the library.”

Developing libraries in schools and classrooms is a practical move by the local education sector. However, funding is limited so the books are modest with little supplementation and renewal every year.

Right now, only the main schools have built libraries but small branches have not been able to because of lack of funds.

Nearly 300 of Jrai ethic minority at Ia Jip school branch in Trần Quốc Tuấn Primary School don’t even have basic learning equipment, let alone a library.

The branch is 10km away from the main school and isolated from residential areas and has no internet access and little reading material.

A variety of Vietnamese language magazines and books are available for the ethnic minority children to improve their command of the national language. — VNA/ Photo Hồng Điệp

This means students speak only in their mother tongue and were reluctant to talk in Vietnamese.

Fortunately, the school will soon have a small library thanks to the Đinh Hữu Dư Bookcase Initiative set up by Vietnam News Agency’s Youth Union.

Chu Sỹ Lin, deputy head of education and training department of Krông Pa District said over the last five years, reading habits and quality improved year by year.

However, in schools in remote and isolated schools, there was a lack of resources, so the education department often called for sponsors to help the children. —






HCM City leads national COVID tally on Friday with highest daily increase



Medical workers take COVID-19 samples from residents in residential area No 1 in Ward 15, HCM City’s Gò Vấp District. VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — HCM City broke its record daily increase of new COVID-19 cases on Friday with 149 locally-transmitted infections. A day earlier, it reported 137 cases, according to the Health Ministry. 

Việt Nam confirmed 264 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including five imported and 259 locally-transmitted infections.

Among the domestic infections, 149 were found in HCM City, 76 in Bắc Giang, 16 in Bắc Ninh,12 in Bình Dương, three in Hà Tĩnh, two in Hòa Bình and one in Lào Cai. Of them, 232 were detected in quarantine or locked down areas.

So far, the country has recorded 12,414 COVID-19 cases, including 10,755 domestic and 1,669 imported infections. The number of cases since the fourth wave of the pandemic began on April 27 has reached 9,172.

The ministry said as many as 4,733 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, as 80 of them were given the all-clear on Friday. Meanwhile the death toll reached 62 as the latest death was reported on Friday afternoon.

Twenty-four provinces have gone 14 days without detecting new cases.

By Friday evening, nearly two million vaccine doses have been administered, with 89,833 people fully vaccinated with two shots. About 14-20 per cent of the vaccinated people experienced post-vaccination reactions, equal to the proportion stated by vaccine producers and the World Health Organization.

Regarding vaccination against COVID-19 for elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, Dương Thị Hồng, deputy director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said that they were among vulnerable groups facing a high risk of COVID-19 infection, so they needed to get vaccinated. However, the vaccination would be delivered to them only when they were in stable health conditions with health indicators in normal limits, Hồng said.

HCM City’s vaccination drive with nearly 800,000 vaccine doses donated by Japan to Việt Nam would begin on Saturday. —


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New Covid-19 infections rise by 62



Competent forces remove a Covid-19 checkpoint in Ha Tinh City, Ha Tinh Province today, June 18. The Ministry of Health reported 62 new Covid-19 cases this evening – PHOTO: MOH

HCMC – The Ministry of Health reported 62 new Covid-19 cases this evening, June 18, including three imported cases that were quarantined upon arrival in Vietnam from overseas.

As for the 59 remaining patients who caught the disease through community transmission, HCMC still accounted for the most at 30 cases, Bac Giang reported 19 cases, and Bac Ninh had six. In addition, three cases were recorded in Ha Tinh and one in Hoa Binh.

Besides this, 80 coronavirus patients in the country were declared free of the virus today, raising the country’s recoveries to 4,733 cases up to now.

Also in the day, the anti-Covid-19 steering committee of An Lac Ward in HCMC’s Binh Tan District decided to lock down the headquarters of the An Lac Ward People’s Committee starting from today until further notice due to a coronavirus case, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

During the lockdown period, the authorities asked employees not to get out of the lockdown area, except for those in need of medical check-ups and treatment. Or else, violators would be tackled in the line with prevailing regulations.

In another development, Ha Tinh City in the north-central province of Ha Tinh removed Covid-19 checkpoints in the city this afternoon, as the Covid-19 situation in the city has been put under control after the 10-day social distancing period in line with the prime minister’s Directive 16. Accordingly, vehicles now can enter and exit the city as normal.

The city will switch to social distancing measures as regulated in the prime minister’s Directive 15, relaxing restrictions on some services.

Under Directive 15, events gathering more than 20 people and large gatherings of over 10 people outside office buildings, schools, hospitals are banned. People are required to keep at least two meters away from others in public places. Also, non-essential services have to shut down.


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Medical worker in HCMC infected with Covid-19



Trung Vuong Hospital in HCMC. A male nurse of the hospital has been found to be infected with Covid-19 – PHOTO: TNO

HCMC – A male nurse of the HCMC-based Trung Vuong Hospital has been found to be infected with Covid-19, a representative of the hospital said this afternoon, June 18.

The hospital discovered the nurse, who works at the hospital’s Department of Orthopedics, was infected with the disease after it performed a Covid-19 test for all of its employees.

The hospital reported the case to the HCMC Center for Disease Control and is discussing response measures, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Earlier, a married couple went to the hospital on June 8 for a medical check-up. After they declared their health status, the medical workers suspected they might have been exposed to the coronavirus and decided to take them to a quarantine zone for a Covid-19 screening test.

Their results came out positive on June 9. They were sent to the Can Gio Covid-19 treatment hospital in Can Gio District.

In a related development, Tang Chi Thuong, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Health, said on June 17 that the department decided to convert the Trung Vuong Hospital into a Covid-19 treatment one.

The Trung Vuong Covid-19 treatment hospital has 1,000 beds, including 100 for intensive care treatment.


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