Ambassador Nguyen Viet Dung (back, fourth from right) and representatives of the Vietnamese community at the opening ceremony (Photo: VNA) 

Wellington (VNA) – The second facility to teach Vietnamese language in the Wellington Region, New Zealand, has been put into operation recently in an effort to preserve Vietnam’s identities among young expatriates.

The facility is an initiative of the Vietnamese people association in the Wellington Region which made debut in August.

At the opening ceremony in Lower Hutt city on September 4, Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Nguyen Viet Dung said the second Vietnamese teaching facility in the Wellington Region, after the first one was set up in 2014, marks the growth of the Vietnamese community in the country.

He said he hopes that similar classes in New Zealand will be a role model for overseas Vietnamese in other countries.

Phung Thi Hong My, a voluntary teacher at the new class, said there are a large number of Vietnamese families in Lower Hutt, but they are unable to teach the mother tongue to their children effectively.

The facility aims to provide favourable conditions for young people and children born in New Zealand since 2000 to develop their Vietnamese language skills, she added.-VNA