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Nation lacks teachers for autistic kids

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

The public have recently raised concerns over lacking teachers in special education field that meets the unique needs of a child with a disability. The situation is worse when number of students of special education teacher schools who quit the field after graduating has increased.

An instructor tries to talk with an autistic  kid

Moreover, fewer students want to enter colleges or universities to become teachers for kids with disabilities.

Explaining reasons of the situation, Dr. Le Thi Minh Ha, Head of the Special Education Faculty of Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, said that jobs at special schools can’t get salaries from the state budget because the government doesn’t have wage policy for teachers working out of the special school system.

Budget-crunched schools in districts say that they cannot afford payments for teachers, she said.

Therefore, schools that want teachers for special education classes must pay them from the schools’ budget. Lacking salary policy for special education teachers explains why only a few schools dare to employ these teachers, while most graduates must work for private schools or left. 
Since its establishment, the Special Education Faculty has trained seven training courses and 110 graduates have received degrees. Along with regular training courses, the faculty has held five in-service courses since 2006.

However, the country still faces shortage of teachers for educating kids with a disability as there are over 100 educational establishments for disabled children, including 30 special schools for the disabled in HCM City, both state-owned and non-state institutions. These schools are thirsty for teachers.

Nationally, the rate of diagnosed cases of autism spectrum disorders has nearly skyrocketed in recent years. It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 10 children in the country are born with autism.

In such circumstance, this is a big challenge for the society in general and the sector in particular.

Moreover, there are very few experienced teachers meanwhile managers in schools for disabled pupils are not trained to deal with such kids. Furthermore, these schools are short of medical workers who evaluate progress of kids but instructors who don’t have both training and experience in working with autistic children have to do.

The government should tackle the problem by issuing proper policy for teachers to encourage more students to choose the faculty as their major, Ms. Ha added.

Source: SGGP

Primary teachers told not to bluster kids in schools

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

Primary teachers were told not to bluster and slam sticks on the blackboard or on tables to threaten kids at schools in Ho Chi Minh City.

Elementary teachers  told not to threaten small schoolboys and girls but create friendly air to make them feel happy at schools  (Photo: Nha Tran)

The city’s Department of Education and Training released its order to primary schools in the city. Under the instruction, teachers were forbidden to beat children.

Elementary pupils should be encouraged to develop their activeness and self-studying capacity, teachers need therefore listen to their voices and then give soft remarks to help small schoolboys and girls redo tasks.

Teachers were ordered not to impose harsh penalties on kids but rather to applaud their efforts and pay attention to small pupils’ progress because kids at the age of six are clumsy in writing and studying.

Especially teachers of the first grade must welcome kids with smiles to create friendly air to small children as well as assist them to arrange books and notebooks tidy. Teachers should not complain that kids can’t read well.

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever kids suffer complications as epidemic spreads in country

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

Many children with dengue fever have suffered serious complications as the disease is spreading through out the country, said the Pediatrics Hospital No.1 on August 8.

The hospital’s emergency room has received many children with serious complications recently, as the number of dengue fever patients is rising. Around 10 percent children suffering from dengue fever have experienced complications, according to the hospital’s deputy director Le Thi Bich Lien.

Dr. Lien warned parents to take their children to hospital immediately if they suddenly develop a high fever, rash, muscle and joint pain, nausea or vomiting.

Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illnesses, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums or vagina in girls. 


Source: SGGP

‘Star schools’ fail normal kids

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm

‘Star schools’ fail normal kids

QĐND – Monday, June 21, 2010, 22:18 (GMT+7)

In big cities, parents dream of being able to enroll their children in prestigious public schools. However, many of them have learned that often enough, prestige is not the same thing as excellence, according to Dan Tri, a newspaper that specializes in covering the education sector.

Mai’s son is a first grader in a prestigious public school in Da Nang City.  She was surprised to learn that there are 55 students in the boy’s class. “With such a high number of students, I wonder if the teachers have enough time to take care of all of them,” she asks.

Because the schools that are considered ‘star schools’ are so popular, small (20 to 30 student) classes are just . . . a dream.

In Hanoi, Nguyen Du and Thang Long primary schools are well known.  However, like many other ‘star schools,’ Nguyen Du and Thang Long seem overcrowded.  Local residents regularly see hundreds of students walking home at break time to take a nap.  It is because the schools do not have enough seats for all students to take a rest

Students of the Thang Long Primary School, for example, are now spread over four buildings on Ngo Tram, Hang Bong, Nguyen Quang Bich and Ly Thai To streets.  Meanwhile, students of the Nguyen Du-Trung Vuong School cannot play at break time because there is no playing field.

Students of many ‘star schools’ learn in cramped classrooms, which, it turns out, are not classrooms at all, but just rooms rented by local homeowners.  Many parents are concerned that their children have to learn in such bad conditions. However, they still want their children to study at these schools.  They believe that their children will get the best education there, where the best teachers work.

What is taught at ‘star’ schools?

Many parents complain that their children have to study too hard at ‘star schools.’

Dao Nga, a military physician in Hai Duong City, says that students have to learn very intensively at the top schools. Her son is burdened with a lot of homework every day. Students not only to do all the exercises shown in textbooks, but they are also assigned more difficult exercises as well

As Nga’s son is good at mathematics, the boy was selected for the school’s competition team. The boy trains regularly for the competitions for excellent students at district and city’s levels.  “After every competition, he is worn out and has lost weight,” Nga complains.

Minh, in Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi, says that she never imagined that students of ‘star schools’ would have to study so hard.  She relates that a year ago, she felt fortunate to bring her daughter to a class taught by a famous teacher, a person who’d been awarded the title ‘excellent teacher at the national level.’

Minh said that there are 20 students more than in a normal class at her daughter’s school, because every parent wants their child to study with ‘excellent’ teachers.

Before Minh’s daughter entered the first grade, she could spell simple words.  Even so, she could not catch up with her classmates, who could read and calculate already. The girl has become afraid of learning and she does not want to go to school.

After such experiences, many parents decide to transfer their children to normal schools, because they realize that prestigious schools are not always the best schools for their children.

Source: Dan tri

Source: QDND

Hanoi hosts kids international theater festival

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

The first children’s international theater festival will begin on May 24 in the Hanoi Opera House with seven overseas and domestic theater groups taking part.

Adrama performed by overseas theater groups  will be served in the festival

The program has been co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Stage Artists Association.

The three overseas theater groups are Nakama from Japan , Sweden’s Pantomimteatern Theater and the Kabong Puppet Theater from Laos . Vietnam is represented by the Hanoi Youth Theater, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater and the Vietnam Puppet Theater and the Hai Phong Puppet Theater.

Their productions, which run until June 1, will performed in Hanoi ’s Opera House, the Hanoi Youth Theater, the Pupils and Students Cultural House and Hanoi Children’s Culture Palace . The actors and actresses will also visit child patients currently being treated in the National Paediatrics Hospital on May 29.

Apart from spotlighting Vietnamese theater, the event will help domestic artists to learn from international colleagues and find out more about children’s theater.

Source: SGGP

Sa Pa ethnic kids lead to language invention

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Sa Pa ethnic kids lead to language invention

QĐND – Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

When PhD graduate in Plasma Physics Doan Ha Thang saw seven-year-old ethnic children speaking up to six languages to foreign tourists in Sa Pa , he realised the unlimited learning potential of young students.

Thang, 36, had long been pondering how to help Vietnamese labourers improve their foreign language skills to find jobs overseas.

Now, after nearly 14 months of research and development, he and his colleagues of the Vietnam Institute of Physics’ Centre have invented an English language teaching machine with advanced technology.

One of the strong points of the machine is that it can give a mark to learners and assess their ability.

The IOPT-Home teacher is four times the size of a pen. It is accompanied by a book which follows the Ministry of Education and Training English text book and uses the latest code and voice treatment technologies.

Piloted in two secondary schools in Hanoi and receiving good feedback, the machine was now available through the Education Publishing House, Thang said.

Trung Vuong Secondary High School English teacher Nguyen Thi Bich Hong said the machine was “convenient and user-friendly”.

Thang Long Secondary High School sixth-grade student Tran Hoai Nam said he did not feel ashamed mispronouncing or making another mistakes when he trialed the machine.

Hoang Thuy Nga, mother of a sixth grade student, said she would buy the machine.

Thang has received large orders from the Education Publishing House and Hanoi International Manpower Supply and Trade Company Limited and is expecting an enthusiastic response from the public.

He is now planning to develop software for other languages, such as Japanese, Chinese and Malaysian.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Kind soul runs class for mentally challenged kids

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:18 am

Kind soul runs class for mentally challenged kids

QĐND – Sunday, May 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

It is eight in the morning and some 30 children with learning difficulties are in Nguyen Thi Quynh Nga’s house, trying to learn the basics of the Vietnamese language.

Outside the class — in Vinh Long City in the Mekong Delta – stand the parents of some of the children, watching their children make progress. Some have tears in their eyes when they hear their children say “father” and “mother” with great effort.

Tam, the mother of a girl named Thuy Nguyen, weeps with joy when her child crosses her arms and says her first ever complete sentence after returning home from class.

Nguyen’s last child, who is mentally challenged, can talk to her mother in a respectful manner since joining the class and help her with housework.

Nga’s class, a decade old, has helped many children integrate into their community.

Most of their parents just wish their children can communicate with others and do some basic tasks for themselves, Nga explains.

Learning the language is just a secondary task while the primary objective is to help the students become confident about integrating into the community, communicate with other people, and be aware of their surroundings and independent.

She organizes it like a real classroom with regular tests and exams — there is a monitor, a deputy monitor, and group leaders who report to her every morning on attendance.

Children getting good grades are given flowers and candies and there are parties every month for children’s birthdays.

Sweet outcome

The children usually take a month of painstaking effort to learn, memorize, spell, and write a word.

Nga holds their hand to help them write the letters and says words again and again for them to repeat after her.

Her efforts have borne fruit — many of the students can write their parents’ names or say words properly.

Though the children are still not like their normal counterparts, their gradual improvement in doing simple math, communication, and doing simple tasks has brought great pleasure to their parents.

In 1992 Nga became a teacher at Chu Van An primary school in Vinh Long and found that many children with mental and physical disabilities had to stay away from school.

She began her class for such children seven years later but had to call on families to persuade people to send their children there. There were 15 students in the beginning.

There are now around 30 children but Nga has refused financial assistance from the local government and depends on the goodwill of donors.

Nga also runs a free class for poor people.

She says teaching these unfortunate people makes her life fulfilling and meaningful.

Source: vietnewsonline

Source: QDND

Kids these days, over 1000 exceptional youths gather in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Kids these days, over 1000 exceptional youths gather in Hanoi

QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Congress of Vietnam Youth Union will take place in Hanoi on April 26-27, drawing more than a thousand outstanding young people at home and abroad.

Many activities will be held during the two-day congress, including a music show entitled “Aspiration of Youth” on the evening of April 26 and a night party on April 27 evening. 

After the congress convenes, 80 young deputies will visit and present gifts to soldiers on the Truong Sa (Spratly) islands from April 28 to May 7. Twenty-five groups of young doctors will provide free health check-ups to poor people and disabled kids. 

Before the congress, outstanding youngsters in all provinces and cities have participated in a campaign named “Act for the Community”, under which they donate blood to hospitals, build public works for the poor, and teach new scientific advances to rural young people.

Source: VietnamNet

Source: QDND

Golfers to complete for kids in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Golfers to complete for kids in Hanoi

QĐND – Friday, April 09, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Nearly 200 diplomats and representatives from international organisations in Vietnam will attend a charity golf tournament for Vietnamese children at Hanoi’s Van Tri golf course on April 24.

The “Swing for the Kids” tournament sponsored by the Dau tu (Investment Review) newspaper encourages kind-hearted donors to help disadvantaged children across the country.

Over the past three years, the golf tournament has raised nearly 2 billion VND (105,000 USD) in support of disadvantaged children. The funds have been used to provide students with scholarships valued at 10 million VND (500 USD) each.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Green Live Day to teach kids about conservation

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Green Live Day to teach kids about conservation

QĐND – Friday, April 09, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Green Live Day will take place this Sunday and is expected to draw around 5,000 young people to get involved in environmental protection activities in HCM City.

They will experience environmentally friendly life in a green areas including a green space, a school, a house and a playground.

The event will be held by Go Green Club under the Go Green programme jointly organised by Toyota Vietnam, the National Environment Agency, and the Ministry of Education and Training.

This will also be a chance for enterprises to display their environmentally friendly products. The day will be highlighted with a community action for needy people, according to the organiser. Secondhand clothes will be renewed with environmentally friendly technology and offered to disadvantaged children.

The day intends to raise public awareness about protecting the Vietnamese environment and to help young people develop an overall view about environmental pollution and prompt behavioural change to make a greener country.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND