UNICEF and STEAM for Viet Nam Foundation announce partnership to bring equitable STEAM learning opportunities for children in Viet Nam

15 June 2021
STEAM for Vietnam Foundation and UNICEF announced a joint partnership programme to provide children in Viet Nam with equitable learning opportunities both online and offline, which meet globally recognized standards.
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STEAM for Vietnam Foundation and UNICEF announced a joint partnership programme to provide children in Viet Nam with equitable learning opportunities both online and offline, which meet globally recognized standards.

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Ha Noi (Viet Nam), 15 June 2021 – STEAM for Viet Nam Foundation and UNICEF announced today a new long-term partnership to provide children in Viet Nam with equitable learning opportunities on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) related areas, online and offline, which meet globally recognized standards.

This shared value partnership aims to close the digital gap and promote digital literacy opportunities for millions of children and adolescents in Viet Nam, aligning with Government’s strategy for the next 5 years.

STEAM for Viet Nam has mobilized some of the best minds to create a specific set of relevant, entertaining, open source, learning materials on areas where girls in particular have traditionally been left behind.  These relate to science, technology, engineering, arts and math and the learning approach used drives creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and much more.  Improving science, technology, arts and math outcomes for girls and boys is a core focus of UNICEF’s Reimagine Education approach in Viet Nam, and thus the partnership will seek to extend the reach of these stimulating resources to every child everywhere, especially girls”, said Rana Flowers, Representative, UNICEF Viet Nam.

Digital literacy and creative learning should start at an early age and continue through the entire school years, so that children and adolescents can practice and acquire the skills for employability in the future. By working together, UNICEF and STEAM for Viet Nam will leverage technology to close the digital divide exposed by the pandemic crisis and ensure an equal opportunity for all children, everywhere and at all school levels, to engage, learn and create. With shared vision and commitment from multi-stakeholders, digital learning solutions can be rapidly developed, adapted and institutionalized to empower and support both students and teachers.

“We believe that a strong foundation of STEAM education will play a critical role in the success of the next generation of Viet Nam in the global marketplace. STEAM for Viet Nam would like to bring state-of-the-art STEAM education to children in Viet Nam aged 6 to 18 through advanced technologies, innovative education models, and teacher expertise. We are honored and excited to begin our journey with UNICEF with the aim of providing every child with equal opportunities in accessing world-class STEAM education for free”, said Dr. Hung Tran, CEO of STEAM for Viet Nam Foundation.

This joint partnership programme will contribute to nationally recognized online learning solutions and digital transformation of the education system in Viet Nam.

“In joining hands to drive digital literacy and skills for children at every age, STEAM for Viet Nam and UNICEF will partner on the broader Reimagine Education goals that include connectivity and a digital device for every child to learn and thrive”, concluded Ms. Flowers.

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About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information please visit www.unicef.org/vietnam

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About STEAM for Viet Nam Foundation

STEAM for Viet Nam Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in May 2020, with a mission to bring world-class STEAM education to millions of young Vietnamese for free. In only twelve months, the foundation has been successfully developing the technology ecosystem, creating innovative educational content, and implementing novel education models to provide 20 thousand students across Viet Nam with courses in computational thinking, computer science, and robotics and receiving great feedback from schools, families, and students. 

The partnership aims to provide every child in Viet Nam with an equal opportunity to access world-class STEAM education for free including a variety of programs from fundamental courses to advanced courses. This summer, students can register for two courses: (i) Introduction to Computational Thinking and Programming with Scratch and (ii) Introduction to Computer Science with Python for children from 8 to 16 years old. The classes will be on Sunday mornings from June 27, 2021, to August 15, 2021, and taught by software engineers who work in tech giants. To register, please click on www.steamforvietnam.org

Media contacts

Pham Thai Hong Van
Communication Officer
UNICEF Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0)985420818
Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong
Advocacy and Communications Specialist
UNICEF Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (024) 38500225
Tel: +84 (0)904154678

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about COVID-19, visit https://www.unicef.org/vietnam/covid-19

For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit https://www.unicef.org/vietnam

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