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