Education

Every child has the right to go to school and learn.

Every child has the right to go to school and learn.
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung

The Challenge

UNICEF believes education is a fundamental human right, with every girl and boy in Viet Nam entitled to attend school, learn and thrive. While significant progress has been made towards realizing basic quality education for all in the country, major obstacles to accessing quality, inclusive and sustainable education remain for many children, especially ones living with disabilities, who are disadvantaged and ethnic minorities.

Too many children remain out of the classroom, fail to complete primary or secondary school and claim their rights to a meaningful education.
UN Viet Nam\Aidan Dockery

Too many children remain out of the classroom, fail to complete primary or secondary school and claim their rights to a meaningful education.

Exclusion from school not only diminishes children’s individual potential, but also fuels intergenerational cycles of poverty and disadvantage. Within the context of Viet Nam’s rapid socio-economic development, children who fail to access quality education also deprive the country from a source of dynamic growth. As Viet Nam embarks on the next stage of its development, it is essential its education system transforms to deliver a new way of learning that is more competency- than knowledge-based to better prepare children for the challenges of tomorrow.

The Solution

UNICEF is dedicated to making sure all children enjoy their right to a quality education, from early learning opportunities that lay the groundwork for success in school, all the way through secondary school into tertiary learning and the workforce. 

To achieve equity, quality and inclusiveness in education for all children, UNICEF is working with the government and partners to help reform the country’s education system with a strengthened focus on skills and competencies to be reflected in the curriculum and national assessment system in line with international standards.

We promote child-friendly approaches that include securing safe and healthy school environments, and teaching and learning processes that speak to children’s individual needs.
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung

We promote child-friendly approaches that include securing safe and healthy school environments, and teaching and learning processes that speak to children’s individual needs.

Within this work to unlock the door to inclusive education for all children in Viet Nam with strengthened teaching and learning outcomes within the classroom in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, fresh emphasis is placed on ‘21st Century skills’ to help children adapt to a dynamic and fast-changing employment market.

Resources

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UNICEF Viet Nam
Viet Nam has made overall progress in basic education. Net enrolment rates for primary and second level are 95.5 per cent and 86.2 per cent, respectively (2009 Census). Between 1992 and 2008, primary level completion rates rose from 45.0 per cent to 89.8 per cent. Despite major achievements in the education sector in Viet Nam, however disparities still remain and education attainment is much lower among several groups, particularly among ethnic minority groups. For ethnic minority children, low enrolment and completion and high drop-out and repetition rates remain a challenge. According to the Government's Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS, 2011), the primary school completion rate among ethnic minority children is significantly lower than that of Kinh and Hoa children: 79.8 per cent and 103.1 per cent, respectively.
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UNICEF Viet Nam
The video entitled “Co-exist, adapt to and develop sustainably with climate change” was developed by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). It shows real-time video recordings of the damage and impact of natural disasters and climate change on the education sector in general and in various parts of Viet Nam in the recent years. It also features the actions of the education sector at all levels in strengthening information on the sector’s preparedness and response to disaster prevention and climate change including the MOET-led Coordination/Cooperation with diversified partnership comprising the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Health, UNICEF, UNESCO, ASEAN Community and other specialized NGOs (Save the Children, Plan International, Red Cross, etc.) and bilateral partners (Japan, Australia).
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UNICEF Viet Nam
In the context of increasing disasters in Viet Nam, the safe school model provides a comprehensive approach, guiding the schools to put in place systematic measures for preparedness and response in order to ensure the safety of students, teachers, management and staff in the schools and to minimize disruption of education. This video introduces the development of safe school in Viet Nam, with 3 pillars: Safe infrastructure and facilities, safe school management; and isaster risk reduction (DRR) education.