Students at the opening ceremony of the new school year at Khmer-Vietnam Tan Tien friendship primary school in Phnom Penh on November 5

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Children of Vietnamese Cambodians studying at the Khmer-Vietnam Tan Tien friendship primary school in Phnom Penh began their 2018-2019 school year on November 5.

Built by the Vietnam-Khmer Association, the Khmer-Vietnam Tan Tien friendship primary school is the largest Khmer-Vietnamese bilingual school in Cambodia. It provides kindergarten-to-fifth grade education that can enable its students to study in public schools in Cambodia and Vietnam.

The opening of the new school year was attended by Ambassador of Vietnam to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh, and representatives from the Education, Youth and Sports Department of Phnom Penh, the Khmer-Vietnam Association, among others.

Addressing the event, Vice Director of the Education, Youth and Sports Department of Phnom Penh Uk Channtha hailed the efficiency of the teaching programme being applied by the Khmer-Vietnam Tan Tien friendship primary school.

He said the school equips its students with fundamental knowledge and skills meeting the Cambodian education sector’s standards.

Through its activities, the school has contributed to the universalization of primary education and the improvement of education of Phnom Penh, he said.

Ambassador Vu Quang Minh praised the teachers for helping children of Vietnamese Cambodians to integrate better into Cambodia’s educational system and society.

He expressed his belief that the school will teach its students about their origin as well as culture and history of Vietnam and Cambodia via Vietnamese-Khmer teaching programmes.

The Khmer-Vietnam Tan Tien friendship primary school enrolled 550 children for the 2018-2019 academic year.-VNA