Teachers and parents in a remote area in central Vietnam have created a playground for their students and children from recycled items. The devoted teachers and parents of students from Le Van Tam Elementary School in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong’s Nam Nung Commune have painted old tires to turn them into swings, as well as used bamboo to make seesaws. Vo Huu Lanh, principal of the school, said it is great for local kids as the whole commune did not have a play zone for them. According the principal, the playground was inspired by the work of the Asia-Pacific environmental education network Live and Learn, with support from the Vietnam office of Oxfam, an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 94 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and what it considers injustice. The principal said to create the zone, the school pooled opinions from parents and students on their favorite games, and considered their ideas … [Read more...] about Vietnamese parents, teachers in remote area use old tires to create kids’ zone
Easily get tired
VietNamNet Bridge - A lot of students now have the "hobby" of speaking ill of their teachers on Facebook, because they know that the information on the social network would be spread out very quickly. Teachers complain that they feel tired of the teaching job nowadays. Especially, they feel a hard pressure from their students themselves. "If you could not sleep last night and you yawn with tiredness at a lesson today? Be careful? A student may record your images with his iPhone, and the images would be posted on Internet just after several hours," said an old history teacher of a high school in Hanoi. "Students nowadays are very impish. They are not obedient as we were in the past," he explained. "They can use everything they can to obtain what they want." "A colleague of mine complained that she has received an "ultimatum" from a student, who asked the teacher to give him good marks, or he would post the images of the teacher in ridiculous postures on Internet," he … [Read more...] about In digital era, students can easily blackmail teachers
Vietnam's Under-23 football team came from behind to beat Laos 3-1 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the SEA Games as leaders of Group B. Laos, already out of medal contention, played in higher spirits than Vietnam and took the lead in just four minutes. Things got worse for the Vietnamese team when central fullback Long Giang was shown a red card after tackling Lamnao Singto of Laos just outside the penalty box. While they had more men on the field, the Lao players seemed to tire more easily and striker Dinh Tung scored the leveler for Vietnam. Tung then made a neat pass from the right flank to striker Van Quyet who made it 2-1. Lamnao Singto, who scored the opener for Laos, tackled Lam Anh Quang and was sent off with his second yellow card before Van Thang scored Vietnam's third goal in the match. In another match, Malaysia beat hosts Indonesia 1-0 to take the top spot and set up a semifinal clash with Group B's second-placed Myanmar on Saturday while … [Read more...] about SEA Games football: Vietnam gets better of Laos
Your say (18-01-2008) Do street sellers get up your nose? Viet Nam News' readers share their view on a proposal to crack down on street vendors in the capital First of all, I think the rule would be very difficult to enforce and after a few months most of the street vendors would be back. Second, getting rid of the street vendors would destroy part of the street culture that makes Ha Noi and other Vietnamese cities interesting places to visit for foreigners. And of course, this is a rule that would affect the poorest people in Ha Noi and the surrounding areas. As with many rules that are introduced with the best of intentions, this decision could actually encourage poor street vendors to sell goods on the black market because they would be unable to make any money through legal means. Perhaps a better solution would be to manage the times and places where street vendors can operate, so they are not on the busiest streets during peak hours when they have a bigger impact on … [Read more...] about Do street sellers get up your nose?
Many parents nowadays push their child to train to become a model from a tender age, sometimes to the little kids’ exhaustion and loss of innocence. Photo: Tuoi Tre In Hanoi, the Baby Model Club has operated for only two years but has attracted hundreds of little kids. Every year, the Hanoi Kids Center’s Fashion Club opens model training classes for different age brackets, including 4-6 years old and 7-9 years old, to thousands of kids. Dozens of other cultural centers and fashion clubs in Hanoi also hold modeling classes for kids. According to An Ninh Thu Do newspaper, there are now more than 10 modeling classes for kids in southern Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s entertainment hub. Modeling companies also hunt for kid models with potential and train them professionally. "Parents send their kids here mostly to boost their self- confidence, enhance their communication skills and help them take better care of themselves and be more tasteful in choosing clothes … [Read more...] about Spotlight on junior models’ world