‘B’ CO TO PRIMARY SCHOOL, TRI TON DISTRICT, AN GIANG PROVINCE

 An Giang Province lies in the Mekong Delta in the southwestern part of Vietnam sharing a 95 kilometer border with Cambodia in the north west. The main ethnic groups found in the province are the Kinh, Khmer, Cham, and Hoa. An Giang is crisscrossed by many rivers and canals which make a convenient water transport system. The two tributaries of the Mekong river, the Tien and the Hau, run across the Province. They deliver millions of cubic meters of alluvium annually to the region. As a result, the deposits have formed several islets which are extremely fertile and covered with lush green vegetation. An Giang has long been famous for its traditional occupation of mulberry growing, silkworm raising and silk weaving.

Tri Ton District in An Giang Province is a rural district. The population is about 120,000 and the district covers an area of 589 square kilometers. The district’s capital is 44 kilometers away from Chau Doc. In Tri Ton District there is a sacred mountain system named “Seven Mountains” where many monks live. Tri Ton is the most sparsely populated of the districts in An Giang, being quite mountainous. There is a high proportion of Khmer persons in this district who carry out meager and paltry agricultural work that is laborious and does not bring a high income for many ‘poor households’. There are two towns and 13 rural communes in Tri Ton District.

‘B’ Co To Primary School is a large school with two campuses – totaling about 750 students. 50% of the kids are of Khmer origin and come from very poor households. The parents work in mountainous areas (stone quarries) and often leave their children to live with grandparents – which sees them in desperate circumstances.

‘B’ Co To Primary School does not have any Information Technology education – a vital tool for children in modern schooling. Certainly the families of the kids do not have computers at home. Children practise typing skills on paper keyboards. Noteworthy is the fact that the school has an available IT teacher (currently working as office staff) and could immediately teach and empower the students with computer skills and capabilities.

Loreto Kids Charity will renovate and refurbish a room at ‘B’ Co To Primary School and equip it with desktops and other IT equipment so that these disadvantaged kids will have a perfect and positive opportunity to increase their knowledge and research skills as well as to study through enhanced exploration, investigation and many creative forms of enquiry via the internet.