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Vietnam to build a lifelong learning society

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

Vietnam to build a lifelong learning society

QĐND – Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 21:14 (GMT+7)

PANO – Vietnam always values learning and it is the basic foundation for Vietnam to eliminate poverty and hunger.

Deputy-Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan made the statement at the Vietnam Forum: Lifelong Learning-Building a Learning Society, held on December 6th in Hanoi by the Ministry of Education and Training, the UNESCO Office in Hanoi and the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning.

The forum has drawn the participation of more than 300 key policy-makers and leading educators from Vietnam and other countries. During the three-day event, participants will share experiences and viewpoints in order to enhance the understanding on the role of lifelong learning and support in Vietnam in building a national strategy.

At the forum, the Deputy PM pointed out that in 1945 more than 90 percent of Vietnam’s population was illiterate. At that time, President Ho Chi Minh introduced “Wiping out illiteracy” as a policy. In 2010, Vietnam has completed the universal secondary education and the GDP per capita has reached US $1,000. There are 200 students out of every 10,000 people. 

Lifelong learning, according to the Deputy PM, is institutionalised in Education Law. Accordingly, education for adults and irregular education have been main concerns. People at all ages and all levels have been given favourable conditions for learning. Moreover, every organisation has been made responsible for learning and actively participating in the cause of building a learning society.

There are two open universities offering distance training programs with more than 85,000 trainees and nearly 10,000 community learning centers in Vietnam. The learning-encouragement society has more than 7 million members, giving assistance to numerous students facing adversity.

The Deputy PM also stressed that Vietnam strongly pledged to cooperate with other organisations, such as ASEM and UNESCO, to promote the learning in Vietnam and build a learning society.

Related to educational achievements in Vietnam, Katherine Muller-Marin, Head of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi, expressed her admiration for them. On behalf of the UNESCO, she committed to keep giving assistance to the educational system in Vietnam and work with the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training to promote learning, such as proposals to improve regional training center under the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in Vietnam.

For her part, Rie Vejs- Kjeldgaard, ILO Director in Vietnam, confirmed that laborers’ skill needs improving to meet the growing development and changes of technology and science worldwide.

Also at the forum, several shortcomings of Vietnam, including poor awareness of local people, infrastructure and management competence, were also mentioned.

Some of the speeches also focused on the real state of education, impacts of policies and global trends to be considered to build a lifelong learning society.

Also on this occasion, Vietnam and Denmark signed an agreement on educational cooperation.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Seminar on learning English effectively to be held

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Learning through travel

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

A group of students from the US-based Pittsburg University recently came to Vietnam for elective study at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics and Finance.

Many people expressed suspicion about the efficacy of such a program, which allots a lot of time spent outside the classroom.

Visiting students spent their two-week course listening to lectures about variety of Vietnamese topics, including language, culture and proper etiquette for foreigners visiting Vietnam.

Vietnamese students need new study methods that employ less theory and more practice

To learn Vietnamese culture, the students spent class time viewing the city’s many museums. They also had the chance to experience eating traditional Vietnamese foods.

In addition, they viewed projects of planning and urban development in Ho Chi Minh City by visiting actual locations.

They even went the Mekong Delta Province of Ben Tre to visit a cacao processing plant.

In the estimation of many experts, students learn as they travel. It is a study method frequently applied within many developed countries. Proponents assert this increases students’ enthusiasm for their studies.

Under this educational theory, subjects such as economics, culture, and history become more tangible when students visit countries they study in school, completing research projects related to that country.

“No textbooks are as good as coming to places that you are studying to listen to and look at the practices in-action,” a student from the Pittsburgh University’s faculty said animatedly.

The program schedule looked simple, but students had to take advantage of their free time, or else face difficulty completing their reports once they returned home, she said. 

For Vietnamese students, this sort of “high-class” study method is unfathomable, due to the high expenses of such programs.

According to a survey on job opportunities conducted by university educators, most university students could not find jobs related to their major and soon quit jobs they were able obtain, due to a lack of practical skills needed to succeed. Consequently, most businesses have to retrain students.

A practical study trip does not alone make for quality education, but it helps ease the pressure of studies burdened by “leaden” theories, making learning more interesting and lessons more practically applicable.

Without the option of expensive trips, Vietnamese students need new study methods, which link theory to practice.

Source: SGGP

October 2 has now become Learning Day throughout VN

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Ha Noi — Yesterday, October 2, was observed as the first Learning Day throughout Viet Nam.

Each year, the day will be observed on this date, which is the anniversary of the Viet Nam Learning Association.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday at a meeting to mark the anniversary.

Nhan said he hoped the Prime Minister’s decision would accelerate the nation’s efforts to increase learning among the young.

“The Learning Association has given strength to millions of pupils, students and teachers in special circumstances (the poor or those whose circumstances deteriorate) to learn and teach better,” he said.

Legendary army figure General Vo Nguyen Giap is the honourable president of the association.

In a letter to the organisation, Truong Tan Sang, Permanent Secretary of the Party Central Committee , said he wanted it to link its activities with those of other civil organisations to build Viet Nam into a learned society.

Nguyen Manh Cam, the association’s president, said that since it was created 12 years ago, the organisation had gained more than six million members and had more than 250,000 sub-associations.

Every year for the past five years, the association has granted from VND250-300 billion (US$15-18 million) in scholarships to students and allowances to help needy teachers. —