A project was kicked off on February 16 to upgrade the primary and secondary schools named after General Vo Nguyen Giap in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien.

The project has received total investment of 10 billion VND (476,000 USD) from the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam.

Under the project, each of the two schools in Muong Phang commune, Dien Bien district, will have a new two-storey building with six classrooms and one staff house.

The work is expected to be completed and handed over on the occasion of the 60 th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory on May 7, 2014 .

General Vo Nguyen Giap was former commander-in-chief of the Vietnam People’s Army, who played a major role in the country’s two resistance wars against the French colonialists and US imperialists.

In particular, his name is closely associated with the Dien Bien Phu battle in Dien Bien province, which became a global event that surprised the whole world and helped end the Vietnamese nation’s nine-year war of resistance against the French colonialists.-VNA