Some 300 Khmer children in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang have participated in Khmer language classes, organised annually by local Khmer pagodas during the summer holiday, this year.

Monk Lam Ut Hien from Po Tum Vong Say Pagoda in Cai Tac town, Chau Thanh A district said the local three-month Khmer language course drew 30 children from the locality and its vicinity at his pagoda this year.

Nguyen Thi Nghi from the Him Lam boarding secondary school in Rach Goi town said she has attended the classes for four summers and her Khmer language has improved substantially.

Monk Ly Ve, Head of the Hau Giang Patriotic United Buddhist Association, said as many as 15 local Khmer pagodas have participated in the annual Khmer language training activities in an effort to preserve and promote the cultural identity.

Hau Giang is home to 5,550 Khmer households with more than 26,250 people, making up of 3.5 percent of the province’s population.

The group spans 23 communes in seven districts, towns and cities in the province.-VNA