School headmaster Le Thi Oanh briefed the guests on the development of the school and thanked the Dutch people for their assistance in recent times.
Oanh recalled that in 1972 when the Vietnam War was in one of its most brutal periods, Hanoi was under heavy bombardment by the US Air Force. Dr. I. Samkalden, the then mayor of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, started a campaign to mobilize his people to donate for the establishment of a high school in Hanoi to express their support to the citizens of Hanoi. The result of this campaign was the founding of Hanoi – Amsterdam High School. September 5, 1985, marked the official commencement of the first school year at Hanoi – Amsterdam High School.
Twenty-nine years later, the school is now a cradle of education to train young talents and a symbol of friendship between the two countries.
Pham Van Dai, Vice Director of the Hanoi Department of Education and Training, said the cooperation between Amsterdam and Hanoi has achieved significant results. He hoped that the Amsterdam mayor will help boost education and training ties between the two capital cities and the Hanoi – Amsterdam school.
Mayor Eberhard Van de Lann showed his deep impression on the warm welcome of teachers and pupils of the Hanoi-Amsterdam school and hoped more friendship projects will be developed by the two capital cities.
On the occasion, the mayor also attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition “Anne Frank: A History for Today” and joined the school’s teachers and pupils at the seminar “Anne Frank and Dang Thuy Tram: A History for Today”.