Geneva (VNA) – Under the sponsorship of the Switzerland-Vietnam Association (SVA), Binh Minh School, the first Vietnamese language teaching school in Switzerland, was established in 2017.

Binh Minh school is one of various achievements recorded by the association during 2017-2018, reported SVA President Anjuska Weil at the association’s annual meeting last weekend.

The school has been opened for children of Vietnamese origin in Zurich city and its adjacent areas every Saturday morning.

Anjuska Weil expressed her hope that the school will contribute to preserving Vietnamese language and culture among young people of Vietnamese origin in the country.

Besides, the association has implemented exchanges and charitable programmes, with the most noteworthy being a three-week trip to Vietnam by eight of its members in October 2017.

During the visit, the SVA members presented 3,000 USD to the elderly in difficult circumstances in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, said the President.

In November 2017, the association organised the “Solidarity Day” to raise funds for victims of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin and natural disasters in Vietnam, she added.

The SVA has joined hands with the Vietnam les Enfants de la Dioxin organisation based in Paris to launch many projects in support of Vietnamese AO victims, especially children.

The association has also coordinated with the Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland in an array of friendship and community-based activities.

Established in 1992, the association brings together hundreds of Swiss friends of different generations, who are interested in Vietnam.-VNA