Education for Disadvantaged Adolescents

UNICEF is working to ensure all adolescents have the opportunities and skills to drive Viet Nam forward in a fast-changing global landscape.

UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung

The Challenge

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.

The Solution

To achieve equity, quality and inclusiveness for disadvantaged adolescents in education, UNICEF is working with the government to equip disadvantaged adolescents with vocational training, career guidance and 21st Century skills to adapt to a dynamic and fast-changing employment market.

UNICEF builds bridges between education and employment to ensure disadvantaged adolescents have essential skills that can be transferred to the workplace for healthy career choices.

Through improving learning environments to retain students and promoting smooth transitions to higher levels of education with career-focused choices, UNICEF is committed to reflecting these stronger linkages between academic education and vocational training into new curriculums and textbooks from the 2020-2021 academic year.