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Hanoi presents nearly 200 billion VND to social beneficiaries

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hanoi presents nearly 200 billion VND to social beneficiaries

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:37 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Hanoi People’s Committee has spent more than 195 billion VND on Tet presents for 733,133 wounded soldiers, martyrs’ families, veterans, elderly people, and other needy people in the city.

Meanwhile delegations from the city’s authorities will visit and present gifts to 97 social groups and 87 families of social beneficiaries on the Lunar New Year holidays.

On this occasion, various meaningful activities have been launched to support social beneficiaries in the city. Some art performances have been held to raised funds from individuals and businesses to sponsor for social programs.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

How to ensure social welfare in rural areas

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

How to ensure social welfare in rural areas

QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Improving the social welfare is a key policy of the Party and State which is also a very significant contribution to the country’s socio-political stability, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung when discussing about the integration of social security into the 2011-2020 strategy for socio-economic development.

PM Dung also emphasized that Vietnam has not yet built a social welfare system with a sustainable mechanism to reach poor people.

Shortcomings remain

The 2010 statistics of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) indicates that rural residents account for 74.37 percent of the country’s population, 75.6 percent of the work force, and that percent of Vietnam’s poor people live in rural areas. As many people in ethnic minorities’ areas and rural areas cannot afford the insurance fees, the number of insured people is still very low. Instead, they have to rely on informal social welfare networks or their communities when they face difficulties.

According to the MOLISA, there are still many shortcomings in the social welfare system such as the low service quality, poor management, and improper investment.

MOLISA has launched a project which aims to increase the access to compulsory social insurance among workers in rural and ethnic minorities’ to 85 percent in 2015 and 100 percent in 2020. The project will also aim to raise the number of workers participating in voluntary social insurance in 2015 to 30 percent in rural areas, 20 percent in disadvantaged areas, and 15 percent in mountain areas. However, it is not easy to achieve the targets although a number of social assistance funds have been established to help poor and elderly people and victims of natural disasters.

State’s management needed

Poor management of the social welfare system has negative impact on social cohesion and equality, especially in education and healthcare services. The State, therefore, needs to strengthen its management by regulating the capital and introducing appropriate policies. In addition, cooperation between the community and people should be promoted. It is high time to acknowledge the contribution of the not-for-profit sector and encourage the forming of social enterprises.

With the regulation of the State, cooperation of the community, the formation of “social enterprises”, and the renovation of co-operatives, social welfare in rural areas will significant developments in the future.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Social contributions will help reduce student dropouts in Mekong delta

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training said at a conference in the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap thousands of students have stopped attending school and we need more social contributions to help these students.

Needy students in the province Vinh Long are given free meals, contributed by the teachers (Photo: SGGP))

Addressing the meeting, Luan pointed out the reasons why students are dropping out of school. He said this was due to the students’ poor academic performance and financial problems in the students’ families.

However, it is difficult to remedy this issue. The academic year 2010-2011 has seen a high percentage of students dropping out of school. That is 0.34% of the primary students, 2.28% percent of junior students and 3.53% of senior students leave school.

The Mekong delta province of Soc Trang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Bac Lieu and Long An have the most dropouts; with 9.35% in Soc Trang, 5.6% in Kien Giang and over 3% in Long An and Dong Thap.

Trieu Minh Duc, a schoolteacher of Hoang Dieu High School in Soc Trang, said teachers have visited the students in their homes, encouraging them to return to study. However, many of them now worked in factories in the Southern provinces of Can Tho, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City. The parents have informed the teachers, that the children have decided to work in the factories, rather than return to school. 

Minister Luan said that we need more social contributions and changes in education in the attempt to stop the drop out rate from students. The parents and the community at large should not leave this problem for the teachers to solve.

Minister Luan also said, “The departments of Education and Training and the local government authorites need to have more coordination, so that we can create a better teaching environment for our students, encouraging them to attend school.

The provinces have adopted certain strategies to stop students leaving school early. The department of Education and Training in the province An Giang has implemented a movement called ‘one tutors one’. This means that one good academic student will tutor a student that has a poorer performance at school.

Meanwhile, the department of Education and Training in the province Hau Giang called for the contributions of teachers to assist low-income students and their families. Teachers have contributed VND10, 000 to100, 000 dong each to the fund. The department has collected nearly VND200 million in the aid to help disadvantaged students. With this kind of assistance, many students can now stay on at school.

In addition, the Committee party from Hau Giang province has ordered all agencies, organizations and companies to help sponsor low-income students. Over 300 schools have received support from their benefactors. Over VND5 billion (US$250,000) have been raised for low-income students in the academic year 2010-2011.

The Mekong delta province of Dong Thap has also implemented certain strategies so that schools can keep in close contact with the parents of the students. These strategies include informing parents about the progress of the student while at school. Developing and implementing extra school activities in the attempt to persuade students to stay at school. Informing parents of the negative influences that computer games have on students. Finally, explaining to the parents that some students force and coerced students, into ‘playing truancy’.

Furthermore, the province of Soc Trang has constructed houses for low-income students and their families. In the province of Vinh Long, teachers have provided free meals for students whose homes are far away from the schools.

To conclude, these strategies have been implemented in the attempt to decrease the dropout rate from students. However, it requires more support from many individuals and organisation to maintain.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam, RoK cooperate in developing social sciences

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 1:52 am

PM Dung: effective social campaigns should be expanded

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

PM Dung: effective social campaigns should be expanded

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

The two campaigns are politically and humanely significant and uphold the traditional mutual affection among Vietnamese people, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

PM Dung made the statement at a conference to review the 15-year and 10- year status of “All people build a cultural life in residential areas” and “Day for the Poor” campaigns opening in Hanoi on October 18.

Speaking at the conference, also attended by Ha Thi Khiet, member of the Party secretariat, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, Huynh Dam, said the “Day for the Poor” campaign has become a regular event of the VFF at all levels, with a variety of activities to help poor people all over the country.

In the meanwhile, the “All people build a cultural life in residential areas” has encouraged people to unite, uphold the democratic spirit, live and work in accordance with the Constitutions and Law, and prevent social evils since its beginning 15 years ago.

It has also greatly contributed to alleviating hunger and reducing poverty and achieving socio-economic development. Thanks to the campaign, the number of poor people nationwide decreased from 30 percent in 1999 to the current 10 percent.

As part of the campaign, a gratitude fund has mobilised as much as VND2 billion, helping to build 300,000 houses and repair 140,000 others and granting 700,000 savings books worth VND400 billion to families of social policies.

PM Dung highlighted the significance of the two campaigns, saying that they have brought into full play the country’s traditional mutual affection and raised the status of the VFF.

The two campaigns have encouraged all people to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development and helped to solve problems in residential areas nationwide, he said, adding that they have created potential for each person, each residential area and the entire country.

The government leader requested Party committees, ministries, and relevant agencies to work closely with the VFF to improve the effectiveness of the campaigns and expand the models.

He also asked people’s committees at all levels to establish a mechanism to coorporate with the VFF to continue carrying out the campaigns effectively, considering them part of the cooperation between the people’s committees and the VFF.

Mr. Dung urged the VFF to innovate the approach of the campaigns and set up a steering committee to ensure its effectiveness. He asked the VFF to build criteria for the “cultural family” and “cultural residential area” titles and hold an annual “Great National Unity” festival on November 18.

Party committees should attach greater importance to creating favourable conditions for the VFF to implement the campaigns, considering it part of their political task, the PM said.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

State leader confirms social welfare a priority

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

State leader confirms social welfare a priority

QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

The Party and State of Vietnam always pay attention to promoting social welfare, gender equality and women’s rights, said the State leader.

President Nguyen Minh Triet stated this on October 15 while receiving Michelle Bachelet, the Under-Secretary-General for the UN’s Women Agency and Chair of the UN Social Protection Floor Advisory Group.

Vietnam advocates stepping up economic development must be combined with enhancing social equality and improving peoples living conditions, especially those in remote and mountainous areas and social policy beneficiaries, said Triet.

The president urged Bachelet to put forward suggestions to help Vietnam carry out programmes and policies on social welfare and gender equality.

Triet congratulated Bachelet, who is a former President of Chile, on her new appointment to the UN and applauded her for choosing Vietnam as her first visit, believing that her trip will be a milestone in cooperative ties between Vietnam and the UN.

The State leader said he was delighted at the developments in Vietnam-UN relations in recent years and thanked all the UN’s agencies for supporting and assisting the country during its process of national construction and development.

The UN has contributed greatly to Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements, particularly in hunger eradication and poverty reduction, he stressed.

On the Vietnam – Chile relationship, Triet said that both nations should complete their negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as soon as possible, to facilitate bilateral economic and trade ties.

President Triet also congratulated the Chilean government and people on the successful rescue of 33 miners who had been trapped for 69 days in the San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo City.

Bachelet praised Vietnam’s efforts and successes in promoting peace, socio-economic development and women’s rights and position in society. These achievements convinced Bachelet to visit Vietnam first, after she was appointed to the UN, she added.

She went on to say that Vietnam’s successes could be applied to other nations and that the UN Initiative on a Social Protection Floor, co-initiated and introduced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), aims to enhance countries’ capacity in ensuring people’s basic social welfare and ensuring a more equal society.

Vietnam has shown its commitment and political determination to social welfare and several UN bodies have pledged to back the country’s social programmes and policies, she said.

While sharing President Triet’s views on relationship between Vietnam and Chile, Bachelet said that she believed both governments would soon sign the planned FTA as it is in the interests of both peoples.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam, Laos boost social science research cooperation

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam, Laos boost social science research cooperation

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) will help the Lao National Social Science Institute improve its researchers’ capability for the 2011-2015 period.

The agreement to the effect was signed between the two institutes on August 13 under which both sides will conduct joint research and exchange experiences on theoretical and practical issues of their national development and international integration, their research results and related information.

Vietnam will help train researchers for the Lao institute as well as finance short-term study tours for six Lao researchers at the VASS.

The VASS has joined the Lao counterpart in six research projects, which cover the building and development of democracy in Laos, Lao social development, the globalisation impact on the Lao society and the study of the Mong ethnic group on the common border. The academy has also participated in compiling a book on the Vietnam-Laos history and the Vietnam-Laos social science dictionary.

Source: VNA/ Photo: gdtd

Source: QDND

Meaningful activities launched for social beneficiaries

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Meaningful activities launched for social beneficiaries

QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – On the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27th), various meaningful activities have been launched nationwide to support families of martyrs and wounded soldiers.

On July 26th, General Le Van Dung, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Director of the Vietnam People’s Army General Political Department, visited and presented gifts to wounded and sick soldiers who are under treatment at the Military Hospital No110 in the northern province of Bac Ninh. The General praised efforts of staff of the hospital and the centre and wished wounded and sick soldiers a speedy recovery.

The Naval Service has presented 5 houses of gratitude to social beneficiaries, with officers and soldiers of the service also visiting and presenting gifts to wounded soldiers at three recuperation centers in Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Ha Nam provinces.

Similarly, the Military Zone 3 has completed and presented 16 houses of gratitude to social beneficiaries in Hai Duong, Thai Binh and Ninh Binh provinces, while Military Zone also reburied 5 set of remains of martyrs who sacrificed their lives in Laos.

The High Command of Military Zone 4 has held a ceremony to rebury 427 sets of remains of Vietnamese martyrs from Cambodia at martyr cemeteries in Dong Thap and An Giang provinces.

On this occasion, all army units have launched various activities to help local social beneficiaries.

So far, unions and organisations nationwide have launched 32,516 programs and activities to support Vietnamese heroic mothers, wounded soldiers, families of martyrs and other social beneficiaries.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

More activities launched for social beneficiaries

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

More activities launched for social beneficiaries

QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

PANO – On the 63rd Anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27th), the Military Hospital 5 under Military Zone 3’s Logistics Department worked with agencies in the northern province of Ninh Binh to provide free healthcare and medicines to 500 people and presented gifts, worth VND 40 million, to local social beneficiaries.

As part of a program of the Vietnam Association for the Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, the Military Hospital 103 under the Military Medical Institute sent nearly 20 delegations of doctors to provide check-ups and treatment to AO victims in many provinces nationwide.

On July 25th, the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), in conjunction with agencies and organisations in the southern province of Tay Ninh held a ceremony to offer incense to martyrs who were buried at the local martyrs’ cemetery. On this occasion, the bank gave a budget to local authorities to revamp the cemetery.

A delegation from the Infantry Officer Training College No1 presented gifts to wounded and sick soldiers at a rehabilitation center in Duy Tien District, Ha Nam Province. They also provided free healthcare and medicines to 200 social beneficiaries in Son Tay and Thach That districts in Hanoi.

On July 25th, the construction of a gratitude house for a social-policy family in Duc Co District, Gia Lai Province, was started. The house is part of a program by the Saigon Liberation Newspaper to build 50 houses for social beneficiaries in the area.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Support for social beneficiaries

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Support for social beneficiaries

QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – On the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the  War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27), the representatives of Education Publishing House handed over 2,230 textbooks to the children of martyrs and wounded soldiers in the 7 provinces of Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Lam Dong, Dac Lac and Dac Nong.

Reference books were also presented to 8 libraries in the Phu Yen, Lam Dong and Dac Lac provinces.

Over the past three years, the Education Publishing House has presented 210,000 textbooks worth 21 billion VND to the children of martyrs and wounded soldiers and built 113 houses of gratitude for social beneficiaries.

* The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee has launched a program in response to the 63rd anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day. Various activities including caring for Vietnamese heroic mothers, presenting gifts to the relatives of martyrs and wounded soldiers, providing free healthcare to social beneficiaries, cleaning up the environment and redecorating the martyrs’ burial plots, statues, as well as historic and cultural relics.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND