NGU LAC ‘D’ PRIMARY SCHOOL – DUYEN HAI DISTRICT – TRA VINH PROVINCE

Tra Vinh Province is in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The capital is Tra Vinh town. Besides having mostly Vietnamese, Tra Vinh Province is also populated with many Khmer people: they are members of the Khmer Empire – later divided under political and historical turmoil. The Province is divided into seven Districts.

The topography of Tra Vinh Province includes coastal plains, alluvial deposits, hundreds of mounds and sand caves as well as a complex network of rivers and canals.

Surrounded by the Tien and Hau rivers and long coast, Tra Vinh's economy is based on agriculture, aquaculture, fish and shrimp breeding. The Province is covered by luxuriant plants in garden villages along banks of rivers.

In Tra Vinh Province there are 140 Khmer pagodas, 50 pagodas of Viet (Kinh) and 5 pagodas of Hoa (ethnic group). The famous ones include: Ang, Sam-rong-ek, Co, Hang. Co Pagoda is home to thousands of birds including storks and pigeons.

Duyen Hai is a rural and coastal district of Trà Vinh Province. It has a population of 90,002. The District covers an area of 384 square kilometers. The District capital lies at Duyen Hai.

Ngu Lac ‘D’ Primary School is situated in Duyen Hai District. There are 295 students (four campuses) at the school and more than 80% are of Khmer origin. The number of poor households ($19 per month) is very high and parents of the students work laboriously with agricultural and farming chores. Loreto Kids Charity has assisted Ngu Lac ‘D’ Primary School in former years with new school furniture and also by refurbishing and equipping an old room to become a “Friendly Library”.

Music Education in rural schools – including Ngu Lac ‘D’ Primary School is exceedingly limited, meager and, in fact, could be said to be non-existent.  Schools lack rooms, equipment and trained teachers.

In order to raise the level the importance and enjoyment of music education in the school’s curriculum, Loreto Kids Charity will refurbish an old, shoddy classroom and turn it into a Music Room so that this vital part of the school’s curriculum can be seized and cherished and the potential of the kids’ musical capabilities can be tracked and developed.