Improving Learning Outcomes

UNICEF is supporting Viet Nam to transform its way of learning to better prepare children for the challenges of tomorrow.

UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung

The Challenge

Learning outcomes are a reflection of what children know or are able to do as a result of a learning activity. While learning outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills or attitudes, the education system in Viet Nam mainly measures them in knowledge terms. As Viet Nam is transforming its school curriculum and textbooks with a move away from knowledge- to more competency-based, it requires a new and internationally compliant set of standards and criteria to assess learning outcomes.

Viet Nam’s education system is striving to keep pace and meet challenges presented by a dynamic and fast-changing world.

In simple terms, this means students are not only assessed on what they have learned in theoretical terms, but also how they can apply knowledge and skills. This step is essential to better prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow with a range of skills and competencies increasingly demanded by the labour market and to support Viet Nam’s development.

The Solution

In response to this challenge, Viet Nam since 2015 has embarked upon an education reform agenda, with a strengthened focus on skills and competencies to be reflected in the curriculum and national assessment system. UNICEF is playing a key role in these efforts by supporting Viet Nam to engage in a regional learning assessment system (Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics or SEA-PLM), that focuses on the key domains of reading, writing, mathematics and global citizenship.

UNICEF is committed to ensuring all children are best prepared to enter the workforce 

SEA-PLM will help Viet Nam better understand the status of learning achievement amongst its population and for specific groups by applying culturally appropriate standards to learning outcomes.

Viet Nam’s participation in SEA-PLM is focussed on enhancing learning outcomes assessment, curriculum reforms, capacity development for strengthened teaching and learning processes and sector management to narrow gaps in learning outcomes in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Together, they will ensure all children in Viet Nam will leave school with skills and competencies to thrive in a fast-changing world.


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How do you envision the future for Vietnamese young people and what can UPSHIFT do to contribute to that? Tran Thi Hoai Thu of UNICEF Viet Nam’s UPSHIFT Programme 2015 shares the future she desires in the country, illustrating how the Programme’s Social Impact Workshops guided the 681 youth participants to realize their dreams.