While significant progress has been made towards realizing basic quality education for all in Viet Nam, major obstacles to access of quality, inclusive and sustainable education remain for disadvantaged adolescents. Such barriers have translated into only 60 per cent of students in lower secondary school transitioning to upper secondary level nationwide.
Adolescents are one of Viet Nam’s greatest assets, yet many do not have the education and skills relevant to the labour market and their own global citizenship.
Serious shortcomings in children’s adoption of technical skills have resulted, with an alarming 86 per cent in the 16-30 year age bracket not having undertaken any technical training and just 6.4 per cent possessing high technical capacity from a college or university. This has left a significant number of Viet Nam’s population without sufficient 21st Century skills, a globally recognized mix of core competencies, required for decent work and to help the economy drive the country forward to become an industrialized nation by 2020.