The Ministry of Education and Training held a conference in Hanoi on October 27 to review the three years of implementing a project on building an educated society and developing community-learning centres.
The project, approved by the Prime Minister on May 18, 2005, is being jointly carried out for five years, from 2005 to 2010, by the Ministry of Education and Training and the Vietnam Study Encouragement Association.
After three years of implementing the project, the study promotion movements have been launched nationwide and all provinces and cities have study promotion funds. Annually these funds provided financial assistance worth VND250-300 million to outstanding poor students. From 2005 to 2008, more than 163,000 illiterates took part in education classes and over 123,000 attended advance-training courses.
At present, more than 5 million families have registered to become “Studious Families”, of which more than 3 million families have been recognised. Over 50,000 families have been named the “Study Encouragement” Families.
Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, who is also Minister of Education and Training, emphasised on the important role of the project in encouraging people from all walks of life to engage in study, as well as in reducing the illiteracy rate.
To implement the project more effectively, Mr Nhan said, the Vietnam Study Encouragement Association should closely cooperate with provinces and cities to develop study promotion movements. Priority should be given to mountainous remote areas so that all children can have a chance to go to school.
Vibeke Jesen, chief representative of UCESCO office in Hanoi, spoke highly of remarkable achievements recorded by Vietnam’s education sector over the past years. Vietnam should continue to develop a regular education system and build community-based study centres throughout the country to help poor students and those people with disabilities go to school and gain equality in education, she added.