Local leaders were asked to utilise their available land, as the money would only be enough for construction, not land compensation. Priority should be given to poor districts, Nhan said, repeating instructions from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The programme on school construction began in 2008. It received more than VND12 trillion ($642 million) in government funding over the past two years, including VND8,275 billion in government bonds. The rest of the money came from local funds and private sponsors.