Hanoi launches school milk programme hinh anh 1At the launching ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Department of Education and Training of Hanoi and Vietnam Dairy Product JSC (Vinamilk) on January 2 organised a ceremony at Kim Dong Primary School in Ba Dinh district to launch a school milk programme in the city.

Speaking at the event, Director of the department Pham Xuan Tien said the school milk programme has been implemented for more than 100 years in many countries worldwide.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister issued Decision No. 1340/TTg approving the national school milk programme by 2020, which has come to such cities and provinces as Bac Ninh, Ha Nam, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Nghe An and Dong Nai.

Vinamilk, which won the bidding package, will provide fresh milk for children in kindergartens and primary schools in Hanoi daily during the 2018-2019 academic year, and till the end of 2020, he said.

About 1.2 students in the city are expected to benefit from the city’s programme whose funding amounts to 4 trillion VND (172 million USD).

Of note, poor, near-poor, ethnic minority students and social policy beneficiaries will receive free milk under the programme.-VNA