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Denmark to fund art education in primary schools in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

The government of Denmark approved a fund of 3.900,000 DKK (USD692) for the promotion of art education in primary schools in Vietnam.

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training and John Nielsen, Ambassador of Denmark, sign an agreement which provides Danish support for arts education in primary schools in Vietnam  from 2011 – 2015 ( Photo: Courtesy of Denmark Embassy)

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training and John Nielsen, Ambassador of Denmark December 14 signed an agreement which provides Danish support for arts education in primary schools in Vietnam  from 2011 – 2015.

An earlier pilot project implementing a new approach to arts education in six different provinces in Northern Vietnam has been tremendously successful.

Support to Arts Education in Primary Schools has brought a new learner centred approach to develop the creative skills of Vietnamese children. This method focuses on a child’s cognitive thinking and draws active participation.

The aim of the new program is to apply new methods and materials in primary schools in Vietnam and develop a focused approach towards art education in primary schools. The program would follow a national curriculum of art education in primary schools which would be more learner-focused.

The signing of the agreement comes after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed by the Vietnamese and Danish minister of education and training. The MoU signifies the broad scale of educational activities between Vietnam and Denmark.

During the signing ceremony, Mr. Pham Vu Luan expressed his pleasure with the results of the early phase of the project and hoped that this innovative approach towards teaching could be applied in other subjects in schools in future.

The Danish Ambassador John Nielsen stated that the first phase of the project had been highly successful and that he was pleased to see that the agreement added another milestone to the increasing cooperation between Vietnam and Denmark in the field of education.

Source: SGGP

Denmark further supports Mekong countries’ environmental protection

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Denmark, the Mekong River Commission’s largest donor, has committed a grant of 10 million Danish Kroner (about US$1.9 million) to the MRC Environment Program to support Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

MRC is an inter-governmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose countries members are the four nations.

“This grant symbolizes Denmark’s commitment to the sustainable development and protection of the environment and people’s livelihoods in the Lower Mekong Basin,” Mr. Jeremy Bird, CEO of the MRC Secretariat, said in a Dec. 14 statement.

“Denmark’s support will contribute directly towards improved basin management and will ensure that up‐to‐date information on environmental and social knowledge is produced and disseminated throughout the member countries,” he added.

The funding will go towards assisting the four nations achieve greater environmental protection through improved basin management, MRC said.

This file photo shows villagers catch fish from the Mekong River in the Siphan Don area, Champassak Province, southern Laos. The Mekong River Basin houses around 60 million people and a majority of the inhabitants are farmers and fishers. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The grant will further develop the body’s knowledge base, which enhances regional understanding of environmental health and climate change risks in the Lower Mekong Basin.

“Most importantly, Denmark’s support leads to the Environment Program’s continual trans-boundary capacity building and awareness raising activities,” Mr
Bird added.

“These activities stress the importance of the Mekong’s environment and how it provides ecological services which sustain Mekong people’s livelihoods.”

As the MRC’s largest donor, Denmark has continuously supported the body’s Environment Program since 2004.

The MRC says the Scandinavian country will support the program’s work over the next five years, in the implementation of the mechanisms, tools and water quality procedures as well as assist Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in strengthening their proactive response to emerging environmental issues and climate risks.

Mr. Vithet Srinetr, MRC’s Environment Program coordinator, said in the Tuesday statement, “We anticipate that Denmark’s continued support will also contribute to improved capacity and ownership of the member countries in implementing environmental monitoring and reporting activities over the next five years.”

The environment program aims to assist the four countries in protecting the environment and maintaining the ecological balance of the Mekong Basin.

The lower part of the Mekong River Basin is home to approximately 60 million people and a majority of the inhabitants are farmers and fishers, depending directly on the natural resource base. The MRC says this is why the Environment Program is developing a river health management strategy to provide a framework for managing the Mekong River and a Mekong Environmental Report Card to inform the people of the basin about current environmental conditions.

Source: SGGP

New volcanic ash bound for Britain and Denmark: agency

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 9:44 am

TOULOUSE, France, April 20, 2010 (AFP) – A fresh cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland’s erupting Eyjafjoell volcano will pass over Britain and Denmark but spare France, the European Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) said Tuesday.

Passengers wait to complete check-in formalities at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam on April 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO

Air traffic has begun to return to normal in parts of Europe almost a week after ash from the eruption drifted south and forced aviation authorities to close the airpace over several European countries.

But a new cloud of ash is expected to arrive on Tuesday, and Britain in particular is expecting further disruption.

“Given the meteorological conditions, the volcanic ash should pass over the southern part of the North Sea, the British Isles, Denmark, Scandinavia and perhaps the extreme north of France,” said forecaster Didier Rosenblatt.

The VAAC in the southern French city of Toulouse is one of nine volcanic ash advisory centres around the world tasked by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to track possible threats to flights from eruptions.

Source: SGGP

Denmark proud of efforts to secure climate pact: PM

In World on December 20, 2009 at 4:37 am

COPENHAGEN, Dec 19, 2009 (AFP) – Denmark can be proud of its efforts to secure an agreement at the UN climate conference, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said on Saturday.

A view of the meeting (AFP photo)

“We made the difference. Denmark can be proud of itself for having built an historic bridge between the parties in the negotiations,” Rasmussen told the Danish news agency Ritzau.

“I don’t think you could find any example in history where you would have seen the leaders of the United States, Brazil, South Africa and India along with the heads of state from Europe and the small island states threatened by global warming all in the same room, working together as a group.”

The Danish premier came in for heavy criticism over his stewardship of the often rancorous 13-day meeting which was due to wrap up on Saturday after a deal was clinched by US President Barack Obama and other major leaders.

Rasmussen said that it was unrealistic to expect Denmark to deliver results on its own.

“I can’t just tell the Chinese or the Americans: ‘Do this or that’,” he said.

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Denmark wants to open direct air routes to Vietnam

In Vietnam Travel on October 15, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Denmark wants to open direct air routes to Vietnam

QĐND – Thursday, October 15, 2009, 20:14 (GMT+7)

Route Development Manager for Asia, Africa and the Middle East of Copenhagen international airports, Denmark, Ulv Elbirk said his company is considering opening direct air routes between Copenhagen and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The Danish official expressed the idea during a recent meeting with members of the Leading Businesses Club.

According to the official, the idea came after the company carried out a survey of the number of air passengers between the Scandinavia peninsula and Vietnam, which indicated that as many as 10,000 air passengers from the region went to Vietnam during the first half of 2009.

According to forecasts, the number of visitors between Vietnam and the peninsula would go up to 80,000 in the future.

Source: TT

Translated by Thu Nguyen  

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Denmark helps raise Quang Nam’s environmental management capacity

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2008 at 8:16 am

Hanoi (VNA) – Denmark will provide 1.46 million DKK (254,400 USD) for central Quang Nam province to increase its environmental management capacity, the Danish Embassy in Hanoi announced on Dec. 16.

The project is part of a 20 million DKK scheme to support capacity development for environmental planning and management, which falls within the framework of a Vietnam-Denmark Development Cooperation in Environment (DCE) programme worth 250 million DKK.

The six-year programme, starting in 2005, is being implemented in Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Ha Nam, Nghe An, Quang Nam and Ben Tre provinces.

According to Nguyen Ngoc Bao Anh, who is in charge of Quang Nam ’s project, the funds will be used on the review of the strategic environment assessment for local socio-economic development plans and personnel training in the field.-

Germany and Denmark support Mekong projects

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2008 at 2:32 am

Vientiane (VNA) – The German and Danish governments have committed to providing a total of 7.73 million USD to support the work of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

Agreements to this effect were signed in Vientiane, Laos, last week, on the sidelines of the 15th MRC session and the 13th consultative group meeting for the MRC.

Of the assistance, Germany agreed a 3 million EUR (4.43 million USD) commitment over a two and half year period, from December 2008 to May 2011, for technical cooperation through GTZ to support the MRC work.

Meanwhile, Denmark will provide 18 million Danish kroner (3.3 million USD) to support the work of the MRC fisheries programme for the next two years.

The German renewed support will continue to be used on the MRC-GTZ Watershed Management Project, Phase III. While, Denmark’s assistance, which will come to the MRC Fisheries Programme, Phase II for 2009-2010, follows on from a previous grant of 30 million DKK (5.5 million USD) to the Fisheries Programme in 2005-2008.

Germany and Denmark have supported the MRC for many years, focusing on sustainable watershed management, flood management and mitigation, environment programmes, the basin development plan, and the fisheries programme.

Signing of the agreements proved the continued support and involvement of the MRC’s development partners, Khempheng Pholsena, Chairman of the Laos National Mekong Committee, told reporters on November 8.

Closed-door MRC meetings were held recently in Vientiane, drawing senior officials from four MRC member countries and development partners. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Permanent Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Xuan Cuong.

Established in 1995, the MRC includes Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, sharing the Mekong basin.-