Good Neighbors International Gives 5,000 Books to Children in Ha Giang

Thanks to the Open Books project (SOMR) by Good Neighbors International (GNI), more than 5,000 books were donated to Ban Ria Primary and Secondary School (Quang Binh, Ha Giang).
September 22, 2023 | 16:07

Together with the SOMR project, GNI called on book donations as it launched the campaign "Flying Books 2023: Putting good books in the hands of readers".

The campaign organizers revealed that, after nearly 2 months of launching, 8,300 books, 141 sets of school supplies and more than 21.6 million VND were raised. The monetary amount was used to buy new books and send them to 6 schools on August 28, 2023. Schools receiving books/school supplies include Ban Ria Secondary & Secondary School, Bang Lang Primary School, Yen Thanh Secondary School (Quang Binh, Ha Giang), Bac Son Secondary & Secondary School, Do Nhan Secondary School (Tan Lac, Hoa Binh); Dong Quy High School (Son Duong, Tuyen Quang) and Vinh Loc High School (Thanh Hoa).

Good Neighbors International Gives 5,000 Books to Children in Ha Giang
Representatives of GNI presented donation to Ban Ria Secondary & Secondary School on September 14, 2023. (Photo: GNI).

Along with the donation ceremony at Ban Ria Secondary & Secondary School, GNI also organized cultural exchange and reading activities for students. The officers of the SOMR project also joined the students in folk games such as shuttlecock throwing and bamboo jumping.

Reading activities were organized carefully to contribute to developing reading culture among young children in different age groups. In addition, the SOMR project team worked with the teachers of Ban Ria Primary and Secondary School in developing library management skills as well as hosting kid reading activities.

“I learned many things from Ban Ria people and their knowledge that I cannot learn from books, through interacting with teachers, students, and indigenous people, enjoying songs, dances, and local dishes. I understand more about educational practices and the difficulties of teachers and students, especially when implementing new programs and textbooks. I love the locals, their simplicity and culture. All of those experiences are really valuable" said Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Minh, Lecturer in Literature Department - Hanoi University of Education, Founder of the SOMR project.

The host Hoang Thi Xuyen - Principal of Ban Ria Secondary and Secondary Boarding School for Ethnic Minorities believed SOMR gives students the opportunity to participate in reading activities with a combination of learning and playing. It also helps teachers at the school to learn about organizing kid reading activities.

"On behalf of the school's Board of Directors, I would like to sincerely thank GNI and the teachers from the SOMR project. The books have given students great joy and more motivation when going to school," said Principal Hoang Thi Xuyen.

The SOMR project is one of the activities under GNI's "Exchange for Change 2023" project. "Exchange for Change 2023" aims to inspire local people and volunteer groups to do self-improvement and help solve urgent problems in the community through exchange activities. learning, in which GNI plays a connecting and organizing role. Currently, there is a exchange model to develop reading culture in Quang Binh and there are two exchange activities related to the topic of environmental protection and livelihood development to be developed in Tuyen Quang and Hoa Binh.

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