Pham Van Vu, a PE teacher at Quy Loc Secondary School, Yen Dinh district (Thanh Hoa), decided to build a swimming pool in his house’s yard in Phuc Tan village, Cam Tan commune, Cam Thuy district, to teach poor pupils and locals how to swim for free.
|Photo for illustration. Source VNA.
The decision was made after he saw a number of local students and people dying of drowning.
Vu said that Cam Tan is a mountainous commune and local people face lots of difficulties. Local students have to go to schools by boats or on floating bridges.
Many tragic drowning incidents occur every year because local students and people are not good at swimming. Vu’s sister also died of drowning. Therefore, he decided to build a swimming pool and teach children how to swim although he had financial problems..
After his house was built in August 2017, Vu started to build a swimming pool.
After the pool was licensed by the local authority, Vu contacted primary and secondary schools in the district to offer free swimming training to poor students. Since 2019, Vu has trained over 200 students in swimming as well as basic skills to avoid drowning.
Particularly, the swimming team of Quy Loc Secondary School, where Vu works, won 6 prizes, including 4 first prizes, at the Thanh Hoa Swimming Contest 2020.By Duy Tien