UNICEF, MOLISA, and businesses with the support of The Human Safety Net, accelerate parenting agenda impacting Vietnamese future generations
The partnership allows the extension of the holistic parenting project in 15 additional provinces/ cities, joining forces with other 40 businesses in the country
HANOI, 10 December 2021 – There is a growing body of evidence here in Viet Nam and globally on the importance of good parenting practices for children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and psycho-social development. Science tells us that there are time-bound windows of opportunity, where if children receive the right nutrition, stimulation, encouragement, space for creativity, health care, and protection – they thrive in all areas – they grow with confidence, their brains make many more neural connections, they do better in education, have fewer behavioral problems and face less substance abuse and mental health challenges in the future.
The challenge is knowing what to do, when, how to manage self as a parent and encourage children in the right ways. And this challenge is even harder for parents who have migrated from extended family to find work, when a pandemic threatens livelihoods, locks families in-doors for weeks or months on end, isolating children from schools and friends.
In an effort to address this challenge, to step up the parenting agenda in Viet Nam, UNICEF today joins the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and businesses to launch a partnership to expand the Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Holistic Parenting Project that will promote nurturing care for Vietnamese children.
The partnership gathers forces together from MOLISA, The Human Safety Net, a global foundation powered by Generali, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). As businesses across Viet Nam seek to do more for their workers, looking for means to attract workers back to their factories, there is clearly an important role for the business sector – advancing supportive programmes for their workers, providing parenting programmes as well as ensuring that they support early childhood development by upholding children’s rights through corporate family-friendly policies and programmes.
"Being a parent is the most important job in the world. It’s also the toughest job and the most rewarding. Parenting is too important to be left to chance. Reliable information, skills and tools support parents and caregivers, to enjoy their role and to give children a brilliant start in life on the road to them reaching their full potential," said Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to Viet Nam. “UNICEF has been an organization driven by the power of collaboration. Today we witness a partnership that speaks volumes about the importance of mobilization of public and social resources and responsibilities to give the support needed to parents in Viet Nam.”
In the scale-up period 2021-2024, the project will rely on over 1 million euros support from The Human Safety Net. In addition to that, the global Foundation has already planned recurring non-financial support activities. Activated since 2019, the project has been implemented in 27 communes of three provinces of Gia Lai, Dien Bien and Kon Tum and selected factories in and around Ho Chi Minh city by UNICEF, MOLISA and VCCI. With a vision to 2024, the partners renew their pledge to expand the project to 15 provinces/cities and 40 more companies together with wider and mobile access via digital learning platforms.
Viet Nam is a leading country in realizing international commitment to children’s rights. The Prime Minister’s Decision 1437/QD-TTg demonstrates the national effort to promote early childhood development ensuring physical, cognitive, emotional development and equitable access to supporting services for children under eight. MOLISA echoes the message of putting parents at the center of society’s attention, “Parenting is a key pillar to advancing the early development of children and has been spotlighted as more critical than ever in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mme. Nguyen Thi Ha, MOLISA Vice Minister. “It reminds us of the important role parents play in time of crisis. The provision of quality parenting and family support is critical to achieving the best possible development for all children. The cooperation significantly contributes to strengthening our mandate to promote children’s rights in Viet Nam and the extension of the Government’s programme on early childhood development.”
“We have been working with UNICEF in Vietnam since 2019 on two highly successful pilot projects of the Nurturing Infants Children and Environments (NICE) parenting programme. The NICE model provides nurturing care for children between the ages of 0-6 years old, encompassing good health, nutrition, safety, early learning and responsive caregiving, all with the aim of ensuring children can survive and thrive in life. This perfectly fits within The Human Safety Net For Families programme, which is implemented in 23 countries world-wide and tries to identify proven and replicable models like this to scale,” said Emma Ursich, Executive Officer of The Human Safety Net. “We’re delighted that this will enable UNICEF to roll out the programme to reach even more parents and children all across the country, especially among ethnic minorities and urban migrant communities.”
As parents and caregivers are the main providers of the care, nutrition, stimulation and protection that every child needs for their healthy development, the collaboration aims to build networks of support in the communities and in factories for parents, providing them the knowledge and skills to give nurturing care and build positive parent-child relationships. This will also help reduce violence against children by learning through play, reinforcing positive and managing difficult behaviours, creating structure and routines, talking about COVID-19, and managing stress and conflict. Same time, family-friendly policies, such as paid parental leave, breastfeeding support, childcare and child grants, giving parents the time and resources they need to build their babies’ brains, are also promoted as best practices.
“Promoting early childhood development and supporting Vietnamese families is key to Generali Vietnam’s community agenda with Sinh Con, Sinh Cha parenting programme being our flagship CSR initiative. As a member of The Human Safety Net, we are pleased to be able to work alongside with partners with great expertise like UNICEF,” said Tina Nguyen, CEO of Generali Vietnam. “This project will enable Generali Vietnam and UNICEF to leverage our own core strengths, networks, resources and experience in IECD to create synergies in extending the reach and impacts of our parenting programs. Key collaboration areas include contributing Sinh Con, Sinh Cha’s parenting materials to enrich IECD Holistic Parenting Project’s content pool as well as expanding and deepening the parenting training in provinces with mutual resources across the country.”
“I am proud to see a major Italian company such as Generali standing close to children in Vietnam and contributing to the development of an inclusive and social sensitive corporate culture,” said H.E. Italian Ambassador to Viet Nam, Antonio Alessandro. “My congratulations to MOLISA, UNICEF and Generali for these achievements.”
Nguyen Quang Vinh, Secretary General of the VCCI, a major leading entity in mobilizing the private sector in Viet Nam added, “When embracing corporate responsibility to respect and commitment to support children’s rights, businesses gain long-term returns through sustainable investment that generate a positive change in their entire community.”
“The parenting project is a valuable initiative that supports working parents and their children. Businesses equally benefit from enhanced brand reputation and increased employees’ satisfaction and retention. VCCI will continue to support UNICEF and the Government in scaling up this life-changing endeavor.”
The launch event is part of activation and events to celebrate the World Children’s Day 2021 (20th November) with an awareness raising message on the importance of mental health for children and their families, of which parents play a key role in psychosocial and emotional care and support to children.
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.
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About The Human Safety Net
The Human Safety Net is a global movement of people helping people. Our mission is to unlock the potential of people living in vulnerable conditions so they can transform the lives of their families and communities. The Human Safety Net’s programmes (for Families, Refugee Start-Ups) support families with small children and integrate refugees into their host community through work. To do this, we join forces with non-governmental organisations and the private sector in Europe, Asia and South America. We are a network open to working together with businesses, companies and foundations that share our goals. The driving force of The Human Safety Net is a foundation established by Generali in 2017 and active in 23 countries with 56 non-governmental partner organisations. In Vietnam, The Human Safety Net has been partnering with The National Funds for Vietnamese Children on the “Sinh Con Sinh Cha” (Born Children, Born Parents) parenting program. The programs have benefited thousands of Vietnamese parents via in-person workshops and training as well as millions of parents via online platforms.
About Generali Vietnam
Generali Vietnam is a member of Generali Group, one of the largest global insurance and asset management providers from Italy.
Established in 1831, Generali is present in 50 countries, with a total premium income of €70.7 billion in 2020. With more than 72,000 employees serving 65.9 million customers globally, Generali has a leading position in Europe and an increasingly significant presence in Asia and Latin America.
In Vietnam, after ten years of operation, Generali Vietnam currently has a nationwide network of more than 70 GenCasa (agency offices) and customer service centers, serving over 400,000 clients.
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Nguyễn Huyền My, Generali Vietnam, +84-936562885; Email: email@example.com
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