08.01.2013 - Education Sector

UNESCO and Samsung to support education in Vietnam

UNESCO / F. Lenaerts

Sustainable development is high on the international agenda. Integrating issues such as biodiversity, disaster risk reduction and climate change into education is a central element of promoting sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development aims to reorient the entire education system and ensure that children learn what is relevant today.

UNESCO and Samsung are launching a US$ 1 million two-year project to develop, pilot and distribute multimedia teacher-training materials on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Viet Nam. Funded by Samsung, UNESCO’s largest country-level ESD intervention, the project involves piloting teacher-training materials in primary schools in coastal Hue, a region particularly hit by the adverse effects of climate change. Based on its decades of experience in growth and development, Samsung will also provide its technical expertise and know-how for developing materials on ESD.

Materials developed through the project will be made available to all 133 teacher training institutions and 63 provincial Departments of Education and Training in the country. By the end of the project, each of the participating pilot schools will have formulated a school DRR and climate change response plan in collaboration with the local community. Collaboration with national universities and other stakeholders is foreseen.

“The Samsung-UNESCO ESD Project aims to create an enabling environment for promoting ESD and achieving a national vision of a learning society in Viet Nam,” said Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam.

 “We would like to share our experience in overcoming challenges and innovations in creating a bright and sustainable future with those children who will shape tomorrow,” said In Yong Rhee, President and head of Samsung’s Communications Team.

The Samsung-UNESCO ESD project builds on UNESCO’s ongoing assistance to the Ministry of Education and Training activities in school-level DRR and climate change response in Viet Nam. The project will be a driving force to realize a resilient and sustainable society in Viet Nam through education.


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