A number of Vietnamese collectives and individuals have been honoured with Laos’ noble decorations for their great contributions to the building of a commemorative house of Lao students during the war time.

The honour was presented by Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Kongsi Sengmani at a ceremony in Vientiane on April 29.

Colonel Nguyen Khac Lam, Rector of Border Guard College No. 1, received the third-class Labour Order.

The school, together with Blue Peace JSC, was also granted the Friendship Order.

Blue Peace JSC Director General Cu Thanh Tien got the second-class Order of Development.

The commemorative house of Lao students who lived and worked in Vietnam from 1960 to Lao Liberation Day was located in Tan Yen district, the northern province of Bac Giang.

Covering an area of 500 square metres, the 3.7 billion VND house is designed in Lao traditional architecture.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kongsi Sengmani expressed his thanks to the Party and State of Vietnam for raising and training thousands of Lao students during the war.

The students have contributed significantly to their home country’s development, he said, adding that many of them have played important roles in the Party and State from grassroots to central levels.

Lam pledged to preserve and use the house effectively to help younger generations understand more about the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos.  -VNA