Press Release 2005

EDUCATION TO END POVERTY

TEducation for All (EFA) Week is an annual event intended to remind governments and the international community to keep their promise to achieve Education for All by 2015.T

The EFA Action Week 2005 takes place from 24 to 30 April. Under the banner of ‘Education to End Poverty’, the actions will call attention to basic education as a key means to end poverty and empower women.

Many organisations committed to promoting education in Viet Nam are participating in this Global Campaign for Education by organizing a series of events at national, provincial, district, community and school levels throughout the nation. The intention is to draw public attention to the theme of EFA Action Week and to inform them about EFA progress and challenges.

These actions include writing competitions, workshops and several meetings in schools, to which decision makers and representatives of education authorities will be invited.

The year 2005 is a landmark year for EFA and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It’s the deadline for meeting the gender parity goal in primary and secondary education as well as the review of the on-going progress towards MDGs.

BACKGROUND OF EFA IN VIET NAM

Viet Nam is committed to the goals of EFA within the Dakar Framework of Action. The National EFA Action Plan 2003-2015 which had been developed by the Ministry of Education and Training with technical assistance of UNESCO was approved by the Prime Minister in July 2003 (Government Document No: 872/CP-KG, dated 2 July 2003). This constitutes a major step forward in Viet Nam’s commitment to achieving the goals of EFA and to continuously renovating and modernizing the education sector in Viet Nam.

By combining EFA goals with the objectives and targets outlined in existing education policies and strategies into priority actions through modern educational planning, Viet Nam’s National EFA Action Plan adds greater coherence and stronger direction to the EFA movement across the country. By defining the road map for the development of four essential components of education during 2003-2015:

1. Early Childhood Care and Education
2. Primary Education
3. Lower Secondary Education
4. Non-formal Education

Viet Nam’s National EFA Action Plan has succeeded in rallying government, donors, NGOs and civil society into a concerted effort to achieve EFA.

THE EFA ACTION WEEK 2005 – EVENTS IN VIET NAM

1. UNESCO Hanoi Office

Content:
• Latest general information on EFA at global and national levels
• EFA progress in Viet Nam covering all EFA priorities
• EFA Week 2005 thematic reports
• Development and experiences in selected provinces
• Reports from grass-root perspective

Distribution:
MOET departments, institutes and centers, provincial Divisions of Education and Training (DOET), provincial People’s Committee, district BOETs, Continuing Education Departments (CED), Learning Promotion Associations, teacher training colleges and other possible recipients.

Further information please contact:
Anne Leinonen (Ms)
Communication Officer
UNESCO Hanoi Office
Tel: 84-4-7470275 (ext. 33)
Fax: 84-4-7470274
Email: HTUa.leinonen@unesco.org.vnUTH
Website: http://www.unesco.org.vn

2. Oxfam

Oxfam GB will have different activities in Sa Pa (Lao Cai) and Duyen Hai (Tra Vinh) during the week. In our project schools, there will be drawing pictures competitions and making cut-outs, showing poor Ethnic Minority children, especially girls’ wish to go to school. Leaders/decision makers will also be invited to come back and talk with children.

Also, we are funding Radio Voice of Viet Nam in a live talk show with the participation of MOET officials and experts, local leaders, teachers and some pupils. The topic of the show will be “what you can do to promote opportunities for children to go to school”.

Further information please contact:
Vu Thi Thanh Hoa (Ms)
Programme Coordinator, Oxfam GB
218 Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: 84-4-8325491
Email: HTUvtthoa@oxfam.org.ukUTH

3. World Vision

World Vision will be carrying out various activities in the EFA Action Week 2005. These activities, which will be implemented in Hai Phong, Hanoi, Hung Yen and other provinces, include:
• holding discussions on education topics with participation of children and local leaders and educators,
• organizing events at the communities and giving the children opportunities to speak out on behalf of their friends, especially children in especially difficult circumstances, who cannot go to schools, and
• conducting out-door playing activities in which children will make cut-outs and tell stories of children who cannot afford their education.

For further information please contact:
Khuat Quang Hung (Mr)
PR & Communications Manager,
World Vision Viet Nam
4th floor, HEAC Building, 14-16 Ham Long Street,
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel. 84-4-9439920
Fax. 84-4-9439921
Email: HTUkhuat_quang_hung@wvi.orgUTH
Mobile: 0904 170117

4. Plan in Viet Nam

Plan in Viet Nam is a child-centred organisation working to ensure that as many children as possible participate in the Global Campaign for Education 2005. In cooperation with the Provincial Departments of Education and Training (DOET), Commission for Population Family and Children (CPFC), primary and secondary schools, Plan in Viet Nam is organising activities in Bac Giang, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai provinces, as well as in the cities of Hanoi, Hue and Danang.

In the lead-up to the campaign children worked in groups to discuss what issues they would like to raise during the campaign. They decided to take this opportunity to integrate other child-related issues such as child rights, child participation, injury prevention, with particular emphasis on birth registration.

Tom Miller, Plan’s Chief Executive Officer says:
“Many children are missing out on school because their births have never been officially registered. Some cannot enrol in school without having a birth certificate. Others who are not registered are simply not known about by the education authorities, so their parents are never approached with the offer of a school place for them.”

“This year Plan launched a major global campaign to get every child registered. And we hope that having a birth certificate will bring millions of children a step closer to being able to go to school.”

In Hanoi over 600 children including children in difficult circumstances, street and working children and children with disabilities will participate in a large event at the Children’s Palace on Saturday, 23 April, 2005. The children’s key message will be “send me to school”, for many of children participating in the event are unable to access formal education. Representatives from UNICEF, UNESCO, International Non-Government Organizations, CPFC, Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Hanoi People’s Committee, Youth Union and media will be invited to join the event.

For further information please contact:
Nguyen Thi Xuan Huong (Ms)
Country Education Advisor (CEA), Plan in Viet Nam (Country Office)
10th floor, Capital Building, 72 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: 84-4-8220661/ Ext. 23, Fax: 84-4-8223004
Mobile: 84 – 904 38 98 21
Email: huong.nguyenthixuan@plan-international.org
Website: http://www.plan-international.org

5. Save the Children UK

Responding to the Global Campaign for Education – Action Week 2005 “Education to End Poverty”, a lot of activities have been organised in Tien Yen district, Quang Ninh province by the Save the Children UK’s Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) project.

It was started by a camping, where the primary teachers, school children and their parents from different communes gathered together to share their short stories, drawing pictures on their feelings, observations and wishes about going or not going to school. Various group discussions with participation of children, parents, teachers, leaders of multi-sectors from commune and district levels will be also organized to review the project activities and to map out action plan for the next coming years to increase enrollment rate, reduce the drop-out school and repetition rate and to improve quality of teaching and child friendly learning environment. In addition, the community leaders will make different visits to the communities and schools, which will be a great opportunity for the children, their parents and teachers to express how they can support each others to create chance for children to participate in the quality education.

Besides, on the 7PthP of April 2005, there was a provincial workshop on “Towards Quality Early Childhood, Primary Care and Education in Ethnic Minority Areas” with the great participation of children, teachers, village leaders, village Early Childhood Care Development promoters as well as representatives of key players at all levels from commune to national level. Some donor organisations (EC, SIDA), Embassies INGOs also took part in the workshop to discuss on how ethnic minorities children could enjoy the quality of education, which is an effective tool to break poverty cycle in ethnic minorities areas.

For further information please contact:
Dinh Phuong Thao (Ms)
ECCD Programme Manager
Save the Children UK
218 Doi Can street, Hanoi
Tel: (84-4) 832 5319 (ext. 210)
Fax: (84-4) 832 5073
E-mail: dpthao@scuk.org.vn

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