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UNICEF and Government of Viet Nam recommend urgent development of social work in Viet Nam to help country deal with social impact of modernisation

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Vietnamese youthDa Nang, 3 November 2009 – On 3 and 4 November, approximately 250 senior Government officials, academics and social work practitioners are meeting at a high-level Conference to discuss the importance of developing Social Work as a profession in Viet Nam. The Vietnamese Government, led by Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), in partnership with the United Nations and various international NGOs, civil society organizations and national and international universities, will be looking at how to improve social work education at various levels, how to integrate social workers in the Government structure and how to enhance social work services in Viet Nam.

For years the Vietnamese society was able to support its fellow citizens and children to cope with negative shocks in life. Mass organizations, such as the Women’s and Youth Unions and community collaborators have done an incredible job to care for those unable to care for themselves. However, the magnitude of the social impact of modernisation cannot be underestimated and experience from other countries has shown that adequate and sustainable support cannot be attained without a system of professional social workers. Economic reform, industrialization and globalization have gone hand-in-hand with migration, family breakdowns, economic and social disparities and increased pressure on communities, families and individuals. As a consequence social problems such as drug abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking and domestic violence have increased.


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