Eliminating poverty is the main route towards economic stability Photo: Le Toan Hundreds of local and overseas visitors were attracted to the stall of Vun Art on the sidelines of the ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on innovation in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and eradicating poverty taking place in Hanoi last week. Some were delighted to find that the beautifully hand-made folk pictures were created by people with disabilities. “They are so talented. They are people with disabilities but they have beautiful souls,” Jianshan Zhong, a delegate from China, told VIR. “The pictures tell me some of the features of Vietnamese culture. I was also so surprised to find that all these pictures were made from fabric waste.” In operation for over a year, Vun Art is a social enterprise founded by Le Viet Cuong. Used to having many difficulties in finding a job and often harbouring feelings of uselessness, Cuong now wants to help people like him. “The … [Read more...] about Plans afoot to curb poverty
How does education reduce poverty
The new general education programme issued by the Ministry of Education and Training at the end of last year will be applied for the 2020-21 school year. But preparations for the major transition are lagging behind schedule and with teachers unprepared for the new curriculum, it may already be too late to ensure a smooth transition. Primary school teachers have not yet been trained in the content of the new general education curriculum. VNA/VNS Photo The new curriculum, which focuses on developing student competence through activities, is divided into two phases. The first phase is general education and stretches from grade one to grade nine. Phase two is vocational training from grade 10 to grade 12. In the 2020-21 school year, students in grade one will begin the new curriculum, Tin Tức (News) newspaper reported. Nguyễn Thúc Sinh, deputy head of the Primary Education, Education and Training Department in Phú Thọ Province, said the province needed … [Read more...] about Primary schools and teachers not ready for new general education cirriculum
Juggling school, work, and family is a daily struggle for these inspirational youngsters The stilt houses dotting the remote mountain villages in northwestern Vietnam might appear dilapidated but inside they brim with life as young minds attempt to overcome poverty through education. As city kids enter the doldrums of summer, taking family vacations along the beach or preparing for the fast approaching school year with extra classes, their ethnic minority counterparts in mountainous Son La Province are busy working alongside their parents in local paddy fields. But Son La children refuse to let reality seep into their dreams of rising from poverty. Instead, they unwaveringly keep their eyes pointed toward the one thing they see as key to making a better life: education. ‘All for papa’ Eleven-year-old Dinh Thi Khieu is one of these children. Her mother left her father for another man when she was just a baby and has never been heard from since. “I … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s mountain children refuse to be held back by poverty
A young ethnic minority woman in central Vietnam, named Sakura after the famous anime heroine, hopes to use her future career as a teacher to inspire those around her. Briu Thi Sakura, a 19-year-old girl from Quang Nam Province, spent her childhood in a degrading house with little more than a rusty television and a few old wardrobes. “My family named the youngest child Sakura because this name means hope and a chance to change fate,” Briu Thi Bronh, her eldest sister, explained. But life has not been easy for the Vietnamese girl named after the famous Japanese cartoon character. After her father died, Sakura’s mother Hoi Thi Puoi spent years laboring in order to provide for the family of seven until she was diagnosed with heart disease, lung disease, and arthritis, forcing Sakura to bear the burden of paying for her mother’s treatment. When she wasn’t at school, Sakura took on work in a local rubber forest to help support her family and pay her tuition at … [Read more...] about Vietnamese girl named after Japanese anime heroine hopes to use education to change lives
Phan Dang Nhat Minh, the winner of the 17th competition “Duong len dinh Olympia” (Road to Olympia) is the longest running game show on Vietnam National Television. This is a competition held annually for high school students and the award for the winners of the competition is the full scholarship for studying at university in Australia. “Road to Olympia’ has many other unofficial names – ‘Duong len dinh Australia’ (Road to Australia), or ‘Noi tuyen chon nhan tai cho Australia’ (Competition that selects talents for Australia). This is because most of the winners, the best students, now live and work and Australia. On an education forum, people wrote sarcastic remarks, saying that ‘Road to Olympia’ needs to be removed, because it provides Vietnamese talents to Australia, and causes a brain drain in Vietnam. The first champion of the Road to Olympia Tran Ngoc Minh, graduated from Swinburne University of … [Read more...] about Does Vietnam’s TV show “Road to Olympia” help provide talents for Australia?