Two new schools opened for rural communities Students of Ba Tang Commune in Quang Tri Province pose in front of their new school - PHOTO: COURTESY OF CARGILL To commemorate International Children’s Day, the feed producer Cargill has opened two kindergartens for children, one in Ba Tang Commune in Quang Tri Province and the other in Xuan Hong District of Nam Dinh Province. Ba Tang kindergarten is located in a mountainous area in the central province of Quang Tri, where both Kinh and Van Kieu ethnic people live together. Most of them are from low income families and work on banana plantations. The old school which was built many years ago was in a dilapidated condition and had to be shut down a few years ago. This forced the children of different ages to learn together in a temporary classroom located within a local’s house. The new kindergarten is the 87th one developed under the Cargill Cares school program, providing pre-school education in a safe, convenient and … [Read more...] about Two new schools opened for rural communities
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Viet Nam News By Dr. Tiphaine de Torcy* A child who suffers from autism spectrum disorders struggles with communication, language, speech and sensory skills. These children often have unusual responses to sensory inputs. Here is some advice to therapists and families who take care of children with autism spectrum disorders: How to stimulate sensory skills and facial motricity (motor functions)? Responding appropriately to a sensory input is often hard for an autistic child. He can be scared or surprised by a sound or a picture, without apparent reason. Sensory inputs are everywhere in daily life: during a conversation, in a classroom where all children need to listen, look, sit on a chair and manipulate material, among other activities. A specific work should be provided on each sensory modality such as vision, hearing and touch. With sensory stimulations through textures, sounds and pictures, we can encourage a child to explore different inputs as much as possible. For … [Read more...] about Early intervention key to speech development in autism
VietNamNet Bridge - Educators agree that Vietnam’s universities need to be accredited, but they have not reached a consensus on how it should be done. There are 16 university ranking organizations, including the four most prestigious – THE (Times High Education), QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities), and Webometrics (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities). According to Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc, none of the rankings is ‘perfect’ and Vietnam needs to use the one suited to it. ARWU, for example, attaches importance to scientific articles published in international journals. QS doesn’t put much emphasis on articles, but pays attention to comments by experts and society. Agreeing with Phuc, deputy director of the Hanoi National University Nguyen Huu Duc said that ARWU and THE are not suited to most universities in Asia and developing countries. The weak point of Vietnamese … [Read more...] about University accreditation: ‘a game of the rich’?
The first fruitful achievement The story begins with 23 year old teacher Le Van Tu, now one of the youngest Chemistry specialist teachers at the famous Phan Boi Chau high school in Nghe An province. Before starting his teaching career, Tu was one of the most outstanding students for four consecutive years honoured with a Swing for the Kids scholarship. The story of his endless efforts and resulting success has fueled hope in children just starting out with Swing for the Kids. Born and raised in Nam Dan district, Nghe An province, in a family facing hardship in an area of land affected by severe weather from Laos, for Tu, the path of education seemed to be closed. The unexpected death of his father in a traffic accident resulted in a turbulent home life. Tu’s elder brother suffered mental health problems and his mother required a series of treatments. His older brother, who was in his twelfth grade, was unable to continue working towards the national exam for university … [Read more...] about Swing for the Kids: Giving meaning to the game
Jr NBA, the US National Basketball Association’s global basketball development programme for boys and girls, is expected to reach more than 8,000 boys and girls in Vietnam. (Photo: Courtesy of FrieslandCampina Vietnam) HCM City (VNA) - The US National Basketball Association (NBA)’s global basketball development programme for boys and girls (Jr NBA) has returned to Vietnam for the fifth consecutive year. The programme, which includes stops in Hanoi and HCM City, is expected to reach more than 8,000 boys and girls in more than 200 schools there. It began on March 11 with an open clinic for boys and girls and a coaches’ clinic at Ho Xuan Huong Stadium in HCM City, and will run through June. There will be a series of school clinics followed by the first selection camp in Hanoi on March 31 and a second in HCM City on April 14 from which the top 32 boys and girls each will be selected for the Jr. NBA National Training Camp in the latter city from June … [Read more...] about US basketball development programme returns to Vietnam