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Situation analysis of children: in Ho Chi Minh city - Viet Nam 2017

Date added: 11/21/2017
Downloads: 129
Situation analysis of children: in Ho Chi Minh city - Viet Nam 2017

The 2017 Situation Analysis (SitAn) on Children in Ho Chi Minh City was prepared as a first step of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee’s commitment to pursue the establishment of Child Friendly City (CFC) to guarantee the rights of every child and to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This report is part of the Programme of Cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee/Department of Planning and Investment (DPI) and UNICEF/Social Policy and Governance

Programme.

The research, writing and analysis was conducted by Sharmila Kurukulasuriya, Nguyen Phong, Phan Huong and Tran Minh Gioi. A Ho Chi Minh City SitAn committee comprised of city government officials and technical experts chaired by the DPI guided theprocess.

In 2015, the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), an international non-government organization focused on capacity building and research, drafted an initial report on a series of consultations with key stakeholders as well as children. This report drew on this research work. Under the leadership of the City People’s Committee and UNICEF Viet Nam, inputs were received from experts at the DPI, Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DOLISA), Department of
Education and Training (DOET), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, City Statistics Office, Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Public Security (DPS), Office of Sustainable Poverty Reduction, Institute for Development Studies, Youth Union and the People’s Court.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and UNICEF Viet Nam would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to this publication.

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Early Moments Matter for Every Child,

Date added: 09/22/2017
Downloads: 305
Early Moments Matter for Every Child,

Early Moments Matter for Every Child, UNICEF’s new global report on early childhood development, shows that the period from conception to the start of school opens a critical and singular window of opportunity to shape the development of a child’s brain.

The rapid brain growth that happens during this period of life is astounding. At this time, brain connections form at an unrepeated speed, giving shape and depth to children’s cognitive, emotional and social development – influencing their capacity to learn, to solve problems and to relate to others. This, in turn, has a significant impact on their adult lives, affecting their ability to earn a living and contribute to their societies . . . even their future happiness.

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Training resources on social work for frontline workers

Date added: 08/29/2017
Downloads: 290
Training resources on social work for frontline workers

Social work was officially classified as a profession in Viet Nam in 2010 by Government's Decision 32/2010/TTg on Development of Social Work Profession. Since then, great efforts have been made in social work education, especially for frontline workers working in different settings such as in communities, schools, social protection centres, hospitals, who are at the forefront of activities targeting vulnerable children.

Up to 2016, more than 10,000 frontline workers and social collaborators have received short-term social work training to improve their skills in social service delivery for vulnerable people and children. The country aims to have 25,000 frontline workers and social collaborators trained in social work by 2020 as indicated in Government's Decision 32/2010/TTg on Development of Social Work Profession.

UNICEF has been supporting the Government in the development of the social work profession, in particularly in social work education. Based on the training needs assessment conducted in 2011, 20 training modules have been developed to address the training needs of frontline workers and social collaborators who provide support and protect vulnerable population, such as children, people with disabilities, the elderly, the poor, ethnic minorities, and community people in emergency settings. In addition to the training modules, two trainings of trainers were held for more than 100 trainers from local universities, colleges and vocational schools, who would deliver training for frontline workers and social collaborators. The training modules have been revised and finalized based on the feedback from the trainings in the past five years.

The training modules are being made available to be used by line ministries, universities and colleges. Soft copies are being sent to provincial Departments of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs, universities, colleagues and organizations working on social work. It is hoped that the 20 training modules serve as useful sources for social work training and practice in the country.

[Please note the training modules are only in Vietnamese language]

The apparel and footwear sector and children in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/06/2017
Downloads: 934
The apparel and footwear sector and children in Viet Nam

This work was made possible by a generous grant from The Walt Disney Company

Vietnam's apparel and footwear sector has seen fast growth over the past years and it plays an important role in national socio-economic development as the country's second largest export sector, accounting for more than one quarter of the value of all Vietnam's exports. It is the country's largest source of formal private sector jobs and a majority of workers are women. It therefore has a huge impact on children – not only directly as potential workers in the industry or in the informal sectors that grow around the industry, but also indirectly as a major employers of parents and caregivers; affecting the livelihood of millions of families. UNICEF seeks to address key concerns for children through a targeted initiative starting with an assessment to build a comprehensive understanding and evidence of the multiple ways in which children's rights are affected in the apparel and footwear sector in Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding areas, both inside and beyond factory gates.

The assessment includes an analysis of key drivers and underlying root causes, and recommendations on steps companies can take to mitigate adverse and strengthen positive impacts to help implement effective and targeted interventions and develop guidance material, including of good practices on child-friendly business in the footwear and apparel supply chain, at the local and international levels.

The assessment was carried out in 2016 and is based on publically available resources and field research involving stakeholder interviews, factory visits, direct observations and exploratory research to validate the desk study findings and identify additional impacts. Geographic scope focused on the apparel and footwear industry in Ho Chi Minh City (Binh Tan and Thu Duc districts) and surrounding provinces including Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Long An and Vung Tau.

Survey report: Actual Situation and Management Mechanism of Independent, Private Child Care Groups in Viet Nam

Date added: 12/29/2016
Downloads: 1776
Survey report: Actual Situation and Management Mechanism of Independent, Private Child Care Groups in Viet Nam

Over the past years, private child care centres and family-based child care groups have been booming in Viet Nam to meet the public demand for under 3-year old child care as public education cannot accommodate fully these children. There have been many concerns about quality related issues of these groups/centres including but not limited to abuse, violence, unsafety, malnutrition, obesity, intellectual delay, etc. As such, this study looks into the actual situation of these groups/centres and to recommend solutions to remove existing barriers that hinders early childhood development especially of children under 3-years old in Viet Nam. The study was conducted by the Early Childhood Education Research Centre under the Viet Nam National Institute of Educational Science, with support from UNICEF Viet Nam since 2015. Field visits were made to six provinces represented three typical areas in Viet Nam, namely densely populated areas (Ha Noi, Nghe An), industrialized zones (Binh Duong, Vinh Phuc) and ethnic minority areas (Lao Cai, Gia Lai).

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Spotlight

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


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Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.

 

Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


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Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


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New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam

 

On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December

 

Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.



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