Five recreation areas have been built and play equipment has been installed at 25 other playgrounds for children in far-flung, mountainous and border areas and islands since 2012 with funding from the National Target Programme on Culture in 2012-2015.

Also benefiting from the Programme was a project to preserve and develop the nation’s traditional arts through equipment provision as well as training courses held for the performers.

These are among the six projects to benefit from the National Target Progamme on Culture that was reviewed at a teleconference hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Hanoi on July 10. The event was conducted among participants in Hanoi , Ho Chi Minh City and the central city of Da Nang .

The other projects involved upgrading historical relics, promoting the value of intangible cultural heritages and enhancing capacity of local cultural officials in supervising and evaluating the program will be carried out.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai reported that the programme, among 16 others, was approved by the National Assembly, with total investment of 7.3 trillion VND (roughly 347.7 million USD).

Sourced from the State budget, the funding, however, is not enough to realise the programme, participants stressed, agreeing that local budget and people’s contribution should be mobilised in the work.-VNA