Positive changes coming to Luc Binh preschool, Bac Kan province

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"I love going to school. I can do morning exercises, have lunch with my friends. I play cooking and I draw cars” – Nguyen Thi Anh Thu, a 4 year old child in Luc Binh preschool in Bac Kan province said. “I love playing with toys, too!”

We visited Thu’s school on a cold day in the middle of the winter. It is a very beautiful school with colorful and bright outdoor playing facilities. Thu and her friends were doing morning exercises with their teacher while the speakers are playing a warm up song.

The new Luc Binh pre-school was built on the land of the old Commune People’s Committee building. In 2008, ChildFund in Vietnam supported the community to build the new school. The old one was built in 1992 and had only one classroom for 20 students. And now the new school is 1500 square metres with six multi-function rooms, one kitchen, one toilet block and a water supply, which can accommodate over 100 kindergarten children in the commune.

 “In the past, the preschool was in the primary school compound. We lacked so many basic facilities. There was only one classroom. All children under different ages had to study in the same classroom. The classroom floor often got wet, especially during the rainy season. After the new school was built with ChildFund’s support, we have enough classes for each age. Children are better cared for and they now can enjoy better conditions.” – Ms Ly Thi Thach, the Luc Binh preschool headmaster shared.

“In the past, the preschool was in the primary school compound. We lacked so many basic facilities. There was only one classroom. All children under different ages had to study in the same classroom. The classroom floor often got wet, especially during the rainy season. After the new school was built with ChildFund’s support, we have enough classes for each age. Children are better cared for and they now can enjoy better conditions.” – Ms Ly Thi Thach, the Luc Binh preschool headmaster shared.

In addition to support  the school construction, ChildFund provided staff with teaching and studying equipment such as sets of desks and chairs, and indoor and outdoor playing and learning equipment in order to meet children’s needs of studying and playing.

“Before, there was not enough needed school equipment and the classroom was too small for children’s activities.” – Ms Thach added.

5 years ago, due to the lack of facilities, the school could only hold class for 20 children in half of the day.  In the year the new school opened the number of children enrolled increased up to 104. And now there are more than 110 children in the school every year.

The most significant thing is the increase in parents’ awareness of the importance of pre-school. Ms Thach said: “Since the new school was built, the parents have completely changed their mind. In the past, they thought that it was not necessary for their children to go to school in the early age and that children only played at preschool. However, after visiting and seeing themselves what their children do at school, they’ve changed their mind and understand the importance of pre-school to their children.”

In each classroom we were surprised to learn about the school equipment made by teachers, including flowery vases made of small pieces of paper, Luc Binh preschool and Ferris- wheel models made of colored thick paper. When asked about the creative resources, Ms Hoang Thi Chiem – teacher of the class for 3 to 4 year old children said: “These were made by teachers after they took part in the teacher capacity training supported by ChildFund.”

Luc Binh is one of the first communes in Bac Kan with 100% of the children under five attending school. The Access to Quality Education program implemented in Luc Binh commune has carried out many activities to support early child development and child care goals. The investment in development of preschool assets and teacher training has brought effective changes to children, ensuring them better access to basic quality education.

During lunch time, watching Thư and other classmates eating and asking their teacher for more food, it reminded us of our childhood. And now, we can see ahead a picture of the childhood in which children learn, laugh, play, sing and sleep in a peaceful school.

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