The construction of a primary school began on May 23 in Thanh commune, Huong Hoa district, the central province of Quang Tri , and is expected to solve a shortage of classrooms for local children.

The school is being built at a cost of 135,000 USD, with 107,000 USD from the UK ’s Prudential Group and the rest from the local budget and Plan, a non-governmental organisation specialising in helping children realise their rights and eradicating poverty.

Covering an area of 500 sq. m, the facility will include five classrooms, capable of welcoming 95 local children.

The mountainous Thanh commune has 636 households with 3,392 people living in 10 villages. As many as 97 percent of the residents are from the Van Kieu and Pa Ko ethnic groups. The ratio of poor households in the locality remains high at 44 percent.-VNA