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Viettel implements full Internet access to Schools

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 7:56 am

The Military Telecom Group, Viettel announced on December 17 that it had now completed its target to fully provide free internet connections to schools and educational offices across the country at an estimated cost of  nearly VND500 billion (USD25 million).

Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel sign a cooperation agreement to maintain internet access to schools across the country in Hanoi on December 17. (Photo:VOV)


The Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel, yesterday reviewed Internet provision programmes for schools and launched an awareness plan for schools in Hanoi. The ministry and Viettel also signed a cooperation agreement to maintain internet access to schools across the country.

The Internet at school program has been carried out by the Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel since September, 2008. The program provides more than 25 million teachers and students access to internet for teaching, study, and research work. Under the agreement, both sides will invest in the equipment, manuals and other related documents to help train teachers in the use of the internet.

Dr. Quach Tuan Ngoc, director of the Information Technology Department under the Ministry of Education and Training, claimed that Vietnam will now be one of the few countries in the world that provides free Internet access to schools.

According to the 2010 report of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Vietnam was ranked with Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in the use of information technology (IT) in education.

The program will also greatly promote information technology to local communities.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel sign a cooperation agreement to maintain internet access to schools across the country



 

Source: SGGP

Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am




Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access


QĐND – Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 20:20 (GMT+7)

PANO – 322 out of 326 schools in Lam Dong province have been connected with broadband internet access, achieving 99% of the goal of the program of “Internet for School-Investment for the Future”.


The figure was released in a ceremony to review this program held on December 13th in Dalat City by Viettel Group and the Lam Dong Provincial People’s Committee.


At the ceremony, Pham Quang Da, Director of Viettel’s branch in Lam Dong, said it was very difficult to facilitate internet access in schools in a province where 90% of its territory was forest and mountains. Thus, Viettel needed to bring internet connections to schools into life and make them effective in education and training. Viettel also pledged to ensure free internet access to those schools.


On this occasion, the Director and the Head of Lam Dong Department of Education and Training also signed a minute on completing this three-year program.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

VN approaches target of all rural households getting access to power

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:29 am




VN approaches target of all rural households getting access to power


QĐND – Friday, December 10, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is likely to reach the target of 100 percent of rural households to get access to electricity for rural households.


World Bank Country Director for Vietnam Victoria Kwakwa made the statement at a seminar to assess the impact of Vietnam’s rural electrification (RE) and the announcement of the result of a survey on the benefit of RE in Hanoi on Dec. 9.


All of the nation’s districts have connected to the national grid and had on-the-spot electricity and 97.78 percent of communes and 95.4 percent of rural families now have electricity, Kwakwa said.


She spoke highly of the joint efforts of the Vietnamese Government, enterprises and people and various resources for rural development, hunger eradication and poverty reduction in the field.


Together with the impact of the education universalisation programme, RE has helped rural people improve their health and income through increasing their families’ production capacity, she added.


However, she said, authorities need to make thorough calculations and give priority to use resources in the context of limited finance and technology to help the remaining five percent of rural families access electricity.


The result of the survey that was conducted in seven provinces of Vietnam in 2002, 2005 and 2008 within the framework of the RE project is an important foundation for WB to consider the decision to provide continued assistance and coordinate with the Vietnamese Government to carry out more power projects, said the seminar.


According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong, the government is striving to have 100 percent electricity access for rural households by 2020 as planned.


The comprehensive assessment of the impact of rural electrification and the potential for on-the-spot distribution will help the Government, enterprises and people select the most effective investment in network power projects or use on-the-spot power sources.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

More blind people access information

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

People in remote areas get access to electricity

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm




People in remote areas get access to electricity


QĐND – Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

PANO – Local people in remote areas in the five Central Highlands provinces, Lam Dong, Dac Nong, Dac Lac, Gia Lai and Kom Tum, have gotten access to electricity from a VND 1.3 trillion power supply project, part of the Government’s program on socio– economic development for ethnic minority groups in the Central Highlands.


The project, initiated by the Vietnam Electricity Group, was completed at the end of July, with many power facilities having been built to provide electricity to each house in these remote areas.


Having finished the project in February, Lam Dong became the first Central Highlands province to provide power for 19,700 households in 477 hamlets in 12 districts.


The project has contributed to improving living standards, developing economy, and reducing poverty, as well as bringing into play governmental policies of permanent agriculture and settlement for ethnic minority people in remote areas.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Ministry bans online games, limits Internet access

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Ministry bans online games, limits Internet access


QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Information and Communications has decided to temporarily stop licensing online games, ban advertisements of online games, and cut off internet access to shops that offer free use of PCs from 11pm to 6am. 


Minister Le Doan Hop announced the decision at a meeting on July 28 with related departments, said Luu Vu Hai, director of the ministry’s Electronic Information and Broadcasting Department. 


The decision would be valid until the end of this year, by which time the ministry expected the Government to approve draft regulations on online games, Hai said. 


The crackdown on online games follows a public outcry about their negative influences on the youth. Local reports have blamed an increase in juvenile crime and school truancy on the influence of and addiction to online games. 


The country has 22 licensed gaming companies and 93 games, of which 18 companies with 76 games are operating now. 


A recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Education and Training showed 70 and 76 per cent of primary school children playing online games on weekdays in Hanoi and HCM City, respectively. During the weekends, 100 percent of the respondents said they played online games. 


Minister Hop also mentioned long-term solutions, saying the Government should work on laws to ensure information security and supervise information provided on the internet. 


He also said the ministry should cooperate with the Public Security Ministry to manage internet usage with electronic IDs. 


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Project helps local people access to broadband Internet

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm




Project helps local people access to broadband Internet


QĐND – Thursday, July 22, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

Most of the work in a pilot project to raise computer skills and broadband Internet access in public sites in the country has finished, said the project manager, Phan Huu Phong, at a meeting held in Hanoi on July 21 to evaluate the project implementation.


Under the project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, more than 300 local staff and 4,000 ordinary people have been trained how to use computers.


In addition, 235 computers and 33 printers have been installed at post offices and libraries in each pilot province, helping local people access to the broadband Internet, said the manager.


The project, launched in last February in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, central province of Nghe An and southern province of Tra Vinh, has received large contributions from the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and the Military Telecoms Corporation (Viettel).


The project is said to be expanded between now and 2015, bringing Internet to remote and isolated areas in the country.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Access to essential medicines far from being achieved: WHO

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

The government has consistently given pharmaceutical issues top priority within its development agenda. However, access to essential medicines, especially for the poor has not yet become a reality. Ways to improve the situation were discussed at a meeting held on June 23 in Hanoi titled: “Strengthen the capability of accessing essential medicines.”

Dr. Jean-Marc Olivé, WHO Representative in Vietnam

The meeting was co-ordinated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Dr. Jean-Marc Olivé, WHO Representative in Vietnam, said increasing access to pharmaceuticals has been a major facet of significant government policies, such as the Social Economic Development Plan, and is one of the pillars of the five-year National Health Plan.


WHO recognize the government’s programs for essential medicines, especially the keen attention given to the implementation of quality programs and good practices for the manufacturers, distribution and supply of medicines.


The question that you may raise is simple – there are more than 20,000 pharmaceutical products registered in the market – but why do we say that people, especially the poor, cannot access the medicines they need? Dr. Olivé added.


The WHO representative pointed out that the prices of medicines are high and people cannot afford them. Recent comparative data shows that medicines in Vietnam, which are used to treat diseases with the highest burden, are priced higher than they are listed on the international reference index.


Dr. Olivé stressed that the poor do not have adequate resources to buy them. A study done in 2008 on the treatment of diabetes showed that people insulin costs patients an average of US$17 a month (US$204 per year). 


Medicines are also continually over-prescribed and used irrationally, wasting both government and the patient’s resources, said Dr. Olivé. When the government spends much of its budget paying for expensive medicines, resources are lost, and less people are served. On the other hand, irrational usage and sale of antibiotics, often without prescription, risks the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance, which will make treatment of infectious diseases more difficult and more expensive.


Dr. Truong Quoc Cuong, chief of the Vietnam Drug Administration, said that the total payment for medications in Vietnam last year was up to US$1.5 trillion, an increase of 19 percent. An average person spends US$19.77 on drugs yearly. Profits from drugs produced domestically reached US$831 million in 2009.


Mr. Cuong said more pharmaceutical firms in the country have strengthened production, but few of them manufactured specific drugs for new diseases.


Dr. Olivé prescribed that concerted action be taken to overcome the barriers to access. It is time that Vietnam and WHO think of different approaches and reassess our programs and policies to make sure that they meet the fundamental public health objective of ensuring access to safe, quality-assured, affordable medicines.


He advised the Vietnamese government to consider developing a comprehensive policy for generic medicines and ensure universal coverage for health that makes provisions for the poor. He proposed that medicines for children and mothers should be made available at all times in health communes and in public health facilities.


At the same time, prescription and use of essential medicines should be monitored and that inappropriate incentives in the selection and procurement of medicines should be eliminated, he stressed.


Dr Nguyen Quoc Trieu, Minister of Health, promised to rearrange the index of essential medications that home enterprises can manufacture and concentrate on producing important materials, including antibiotics, as well as to adopt measures that would stabilize the price for drugs not yet produced in Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Medvedev: New technologies would open access

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:39 am

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s daylong tour of Silicon Valley Wednesday started with a “tweet” — his first — and ended with a declaration of optimism that his country also would be able to adopt a high-tech economy that would give everyone a chance to succeed.


Medvedev visited the high-tech capital as part of a U.S. tour that will take him to Washington for meetings with President Barack Obama.


He said he wanted to “see with my own eyes the origins of success.”


The president has said he wants to bring more high-tech innovation to Russia’s oil-dependent economy, and create the country’s own Silicon Valley outside Moscow.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev smiles during a speech at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, June 23, 2010

“Russia is trying to become an open country,” he said during a speech at Stanford University, the last stop on his visit. “Open for investment, for trade, for joint projects in any sector of public life, and of course in economics.”


The president has faced criticism that no matter how strong his desire to bring new technologies, business and innovation into Russia, the country’s political and economic systems remain too corrupt for outsiders’ comfort.


But on Wednesday, while acknowledging the challenges, he remained confident that with the right partnerships and attitude, his country would succeed.


“In Russia, we have money, and in a number of cases, big money. But we don’t have Silicon Valley. That’s why this money should be spent correctly. It should be given to the right hands and there should be correct rules,” he said.


He was also bolstered by an announcement by Cisco Systems Inc. that it would invest $1 billion over 10 years to help foster high-tech innovation in Russia.


Medvedev kicked off his high-tech tour in a meeting with Evan Williams and Biz Stone, the co-founders of Twitter, the popular microblogging site.


At Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, Medvedev set up a Twitter account under the name “KremlinRussia” and sent his first tweet.


The debut was in Russian: “Hello everyone. I am now in Twitter, and this is my first message.”


During his speech, Medvedev listed 10 points he believes will pave the way for Russia’s success, including reforming the nation’s health care and education systems, and creating a more reliable court system and stronger financial system.


His audience at Stanford included former Secretary of States George Shultz and Condoleezza Rice, both fellows at the university’s Hoover Institution.


In a private meeting before the speech with Shultz, Rice, Stanford Provost John Etchemendy and others, Medvedev spoke candidly about some of the challenges facing Russia.


He said Russia must try to combat the problem of so-called “brain drain” when young minds leave the country for opportunities elsewhere.


“If young people encounter better conditions abroad, it means we failed to do something and they leave. Our task is to make sure we are competitive,” he said, according to quotes provided by the Stanford News Service, which was given access to the meeting.


He also acknowledged a problem with getting investments.

“Unfortunately for us, venture capitalism is not going so well so far. No one wants to run the risk. It’s a problem of culture, as Steve Jobs told me today. We need to change the mentality pattern on this,” he said.

As part of his Silicon Valley tour, Medvedev met earlier Wednesday with Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs in Cupertino.

In four months the Kremlin has lavished an “innograd” — or innovation city — project with budget allocations of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Analysts have warned, however, that without genuine reform of Russia’s tremendous state machine, a mega-project like Skolkovo will be doomed.

Medvedev said, in the end, the project will depend on the will of the people and businesses.

“If you are ready to help in this project, I’m sure it has all the chances to be implemented,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Medvedev met with Cisco CEO John Chambers at the company’s San Jose headquarters, where Cisco said it plans to establish a physical presence in Skolkovo and set up a second global headquarters for its emerging technologies group there.

“We’re very honored to commit to your dream,” Chambers said as the men signed a memorandum of understanding, with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other guests looking on.

Source: SGGP

WB, EMW increase access to school for poor students

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

The World Bank, acting as administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), approved a grant for US$3 million for a program planning to increase access to secondary education for underprivileged Vietnamese students.


The East Meets West Foundation (EMWF), a non-profit organization that has operated in Vietnam for over 20 years in the education, health, and infrastructure sectors, will be the implementing agent and grant recipient for the scheme.

This undated file photo shows poor students in Phu Yen Province receive in-kind support from donors. 

Around 7,500 students in eleven provinces – three in the Northern mountainous area and eight others along the Central Coast and Truong Son Mountain Range – expect to benefit from the proposal.


“The application of the output-based approach to education is innovative in Vietnam, and we are pleased to see that it can be applied to improve access for about 7,500 poor students to high school and professional schools. The Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam looks forward to the project’s success and potential for scaling-up in the future,” said Mr. Nguyen Quang Hien, Vice Minister of Education of Vietnam.


“This project, one of the first to use an output-based approach in education, will contribute to the Government of Vietnam’s goal of providing universal upper secondary education by 2015-2020,” said Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam.


Vietnam has made significant progress in education in the last 20 years, achieving nearly universal primary and lower secondary education. The country also has above 50 percent enrollment in upper secondary education, but there are still not enough resources for all the promising students.


Access rates vary greatly between regions and are lower for girls and for students from ethnic minorities and low-income households. Drop-out rates among these groups are high, often because students are unable to pay tuition fees or need to work to support their families.


Under the scheme, GPOBA will subsidize upper secondary schools for lower secondary graduates who are unable to afford the tuition fees. This will help to improve the graduation rates for poor students. The participating schools will be “semi-private” schools, owned by the state, but operated privately. These schools will only receive subsidies after proving themselves capable of satisfactorily delivering promised services to poor students, as evidenced by their attendance and moving up to the next grade.


GPOBA will draw on funds from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for this project.

Source: SGGP

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