31 Jan 23 News Communities Vietnam

Pupils geared up for learning with donated school packs and laptops

Excited Vinh Tan primary school children received parcels of classroom goodies as part of an initiative by the Mainstream Phu Cuong Soc Trang offshore wind project that also included the creation of a school computer room using refurbished company laptops, inset

Hundreds of youngsters in the Vietnamese province of Soc Trang are getting more from the gift of education than ever before, using classroom essentials donated by the neighbouring Mainstream offshore wind project.

The company’s local community liaison team stepped in to support pupils at three schools in the coastal town of Vinh Chau after being asked to help prepare children of disadvantaged families for the new term, as well as close a technology gap facing older students.

In response to a proposal from the Soc Trang Youth Association, starter parcels containing a school bag, notebook, pens and pencils and a geometry set were distributed to 100 young learners attending Vinh Tan 1 and Vinh Tan 2 primary schools.

Mainstream's Bernard Casey hands over school parcels with Youth Assocation Secretary Trieu Thi Ngoc Diem, above, and is shown the refurbished laptops in action by Principal Trinh Quang Minh, below far right

And the donation of 15 fully refurbished laptops enabled Vinh Tan Secondary School to replace its aging classroom PCs, giving its 800 students faster access to online resources and a better grounding in information technology.

School Principal Trinh Quang Minh showed the machines in operation as he gave Bernard Casey, Project Director for the Mainstream Phu Cuong offshore wind project and Mainstream's Chief Operating Officer APAC, a tour of the computer room, which now bears the name of its wind project benefactors.

He said: “On behalf of the teachers and students, we’d like to thank the company for sponsoring the computer room. With these good laptops, the teachers and students can do better teaching and learning at school.”

The 1,400 MW Soc Trang Offshore Wind Project – Mainstream’s joint venture with its Vietnamese partner, the Phu Cuong Group – has previously sponsored programmes that provided food packages to local people in need and planted mangrove saplings to protect Vinh Chau communities from floods.

Commenting on the latest initiative, Youth Association Secretary Trieu Thi Ngoc Diem, said: “We’re happy to receive the support from Mainstream Phu Cuong Company. The school gifts are very meaningful for the children and will encourage them to continue their study.

“Despite of difficulties in life, the children are very positive and want to have good education so that their life will be better in the future. It’s great to see the happiness on the faces of their when receiving these gifts.”

Mainstream SHEQ Manager in APAC region, Hung Truong, who oversaw the donation programme, responded: “Mainstream Phu Cuong is proud to sponsor this campaign with the great coordination of the Soc Trang Youth Association. We believe that good education is the foundation of all local community development, and we are committed to continuing our support for it in future.”

  • The 1,400 MW Phu Cuong Soc Trang Offshore Wind Farm is being developed as a joint venture between Mainstream and its local partner, the Phu Cuong Group. Once fully completed, the project will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in South East Asia, powering more than 995,000 homes and avoiding around 1,220,000 tCO2e each year. Visit its dedicated website to learn more.