New school programme not all fun and games (23-02-2009) by Ha Nguyen Double dutch: Children skip rope at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology. Educators are urging the inclusion of folk games in school curricula as part of the national Friendly School programme. – VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Truong While a new programme to bring folk games into schools, part of a larger Ministry of Education and Training initiative called Friendly School, Active Students, is being welcomed by teachers and administrators, schools are facing difficulties in implementing the programme. Ha Anh Toan, principal of the Trung Phung Secondary School in Ha Noi’s Dong Da District, says bringing folk games into schools and reintroducing the national culture to students is a great idea. But, he said, the programme lacks specific guidance. “We didn’t have any regulations that list or define folk games,” Toan said. “There’s nothing to consult and apply. I’ve had more than 20 years in charge of managing activities for teenagers, including cultural performances, but it’s still a headache to determine suitable folk games for our school.” Quang Trung Primary School principal Doan Gia An, in the same district, also said that folk games in school should ensure student safety…
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