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Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All

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UNONE-870Son Tay, Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 16 September 2014 - The Education Joint Sector Review Forum in Viet Nam organized by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), with support from UNESCO and other international agencies, such as the Technical Cooperation of Belgium, UNICEF, and the World Bank, officially commences its activities today.

In November 2013, the Communist Party issued a Resolution on Fundamental and Comprehensive Education Reform that aims to develop education in Viet Nam to become an advanced education system that meets regional and international standards by 2030 with curriculum renovation for the period after 2015 as one specific objective set out to be achieved for general education.

In an effort to support the government’s education renovation, the first-ever Education Joint Sector Review (JSR) was launched in mid-2013 with the overall goal of enhancing education sector performance through supporting MOET in leading and coordinating a high quality JSR, in addition to the institutionalization of annual JSRs within MOET and among other stakeholders.

At the same time, the 2013/2014 JSR in Viet Nam is conducted at a global turning point, as the end of Decade of Education for All (EFA) is approaching. There is indeed the need to conduct the EFA progress review in the countries that made the commitment to the EFA goals when they were set back in 2000 in Dakar. In Viet Nam, the national 2015 EFA Review is being conducted with the National EFA Board and MOET providing leadership in a stock-taking review of the EFA Action Plan and proposing a vision for education beyond 2015 with the objective of providing sound evidence for the education system to become more inclusive, relevant, learner-friendly and oriented to lifelong learning with a special focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

The Forum will host about 100 participants from MOET, line ministries and agencies, education institutes and universities; provincial education officials from Lao Cai, Tra Vinh, Thanh Hoa, Dak Lak, and Ha Nam; teachers and education administrators; and education sector group members. The expected results of the Forum are for participants to:

exchange information focusing on the findings from the JSR and EFA review reports, and education reform and curriculum renovation, as well as other initiatives by MOET and Development Partners in support of the implementation of the Education Development Strategic Plan (EDSP) and discussions on the Resolution on Fundamental and Comprehensive Education Reform.

discuss among education partners priority education issues around equity and quality of learning, such as curriculum and teacher issues.

produce recommendations on coordination between MOET and development partners in support of education reform and the implementation of EDSP.

At the opening of the Forum, Mr. Nguyen Vinh Hien, Vice Minister of Education and Training, highly appreciated the coordination efforts between MOET and development partners to organize the JSR forum in the context where Viet Nam and other nations in the world are actively conducting the EFA progress review and developing an action plan and setting objectives for the Post-2015 term.  ‘The forum is highly important to support MOET in the implementation of the ministry’s action plan under Resolution 29 on Fundamental and Comprehensive Education Reform’, noted Vice Minister Hien as he also reaffirmed the commitment to education and training renovation made by the Party, the Government and MOET. Leaders of MOET shared information with the forum participants on some programmes and projects currently implemented by MOET in order to implement Resolution 29. Other MOET leaders expressed their gratitude and hopes to receiving active support from development partners of the Education Sector Group (ESG) in Viet Nam.

Delivering her speech on behalf of the ESG, Dr. Katherine Muller-Marin, Representative of UNESCO to Viet Nam, recognized the fruitful results of the coordination between MOET and development partners, and commended the support of the development partners to the education and training renovation by the Government of Viet Nam. Dr. Muller-Marin also noted that the JSR forum is an excellent opportunity to share experiences, lessons learnt from the implementation of EFA commitment and identify gaps and coming challenges. As co-chair of the ESG, the UNESCO representative also urged participants to discuss and propose practical recommendations to improve the efficiency of the coordination efforts of the education sector partners with MOET to provide meaningful contributions to Viet Nam’s Human Resource Development.

After a number of plenary and thematic discussions, the Forum has concluded and agreed on the policy recommendations, including some major recommendations on teachers’ policies, how to continuously ensure and improve education quality, how to improve students’ life skills and creative abilities, and how to ensure the equity and quality of education. These recommendations will be further reviewed by MOET for further research, application, and institutionalization in the coming time.

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“Teachers have the future of this generation in their hands. We need 5.2 million teachers to be recruited by 2015, and we need to work harder to support them in providing children with their right to a universal, free and quality education. We must also make sure that there is an explicit commitment to equity in new global education goals set after 2015, with indicators tracking the progress of the marginalized so that no one is left behind.” - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Nguyen Phuong Thuy
Planning and Finance Department, MOET
Tel: 04.36230748
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Sun Lei
Education Programme Coordinator
UNESCO in Viet Nam
Tel: 04. 37470275
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