President Tran Dai Quang (second, left) visits Prof. Vu Khieu during 2017 Tet Festival (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang on November 20 sent greeting flowers to two veteran teachers, Prof. Vu Khieu and pianist Thai Thi Lien, on the occasion of the Vietnamese Teachers’ Day.

Prof. Vu Khieu, who is more than 100 years old, is a well-known scholar specialised in Vietnamese culture. During the anti-French resistant war, he served as director of the Culture Department of Zone 10 in Viet Bac and Tay Bac (northern mountainous region).

After Hanoi Liberation in 1954, Khieu held many important positions, including Deputy General Secretary of the Vietnam News Agency.

He was presented with the Ho Chi Minh Award in 1996.

Thai Thi Lien, 94, is one of the first piano teachers of Vietnam and seven founding teachers of the Vietnam School of Music, which is now the Vietnam Academy of Music (VAM). She worked as head of the Piano Faculty of the academy until 1980.

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited and extended greetings to some outstanding teachers who have made great contributions to the development of the education and training sector of Vietnam.

Visiting pianist Thai Thi Lien, PM Phuc thanked the artist for training many famous artists for Vietnam, including her two talented offspring, renowned pianists Dang Thai Son and Tran Thu Ha who is former director of the VAM.

During a visit to writer Vu Tu Nam who has been awarded with the State Award of Literature and Art, the Government leader hailed Nam’s effort in nurturing many writers for Vietnam and setting a good example for younger generations.

Meeting Sculptor Ta Quang Bao, another owner of the State Award of Literature and Art, the OM highlighted some significant sculptures by Vietnamese artists, including the statue of Chu Van An, a well-known Confucian teacher of Vietnam.

PM Phuc also affirmed that the Government is seeking suitable policies to support teachers and artists to create more favourable conditions for them to make more contributions to the development of the country’s education-training, literature and art.-VNA