An overview of the workshop (Source:


Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam should learn from advanced early childhood education
models of foreign countries and apply best practices in order to achieve its
set target in developing pre-school education, heard an international workshop
in Hanoi on October 11.

Prof. Dr. Tran Cong Phong, Director of the Vietnam Institute of Education
Sciences (VIES), told the workshop, themed “Initiatives to improve quality of
early childhood education in Vietnam,” that the institute joined hands with New
Zealand’s Waikato University and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to hold the
event with the aim of discovering new ideas in the field.

at the workshop focused on policies supporting early childhood education and
the renovation of contents and methods of child care, education and assessment.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ba Minh, head of the Pre-school Education Department
under the Ministry of Education and Training, said that universal pre-school
education for five-year-old children has been prescribed in the 2009 Education
Law, marking a major transformation of Vietnam’s early childhood education over
the past 70 years.

The Prime Minister also approved a project on universal pre-school education
for five-year-old children during 2010-2015, he said, adding that the implementation
of  the project over the past six years
has impacted greatly on the development of the sector.

As of April this year, the country fulfilled the
goal of giving all five-year-old children access to pre-school education.

Minh, however, pointed out remarkable gap in pre-school education between
regions in Vietnam, as reflected through the shortage of classrooms, material
facilities and teachers in disadvantaged localities, including the northern,
central and south central mountainous areas, and industrial parks.

The building of pre-school curriculums was also an item on the workshop’s
agenda. -VNA