21.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Joining together to celebrate safer and more resilient schools and communities


Hue City, 25 May 2014 - With over 70 per cent of its population at risk of natural disasters, Viet Nam is one of the countries most affected by the impacts of climate change.

In this context, schools and their surrounding communities are under constant threat. The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), UNESCO and Samsung Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Initiative in Viet Nam has made significant steps to create an enabling environment for schools and communities to identify their own risks and threats and to develop and implement joint plans.

Most importantly, the Initiative promotes the need for preparing bioliterate citizens who understand Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration is one of the most relevant tools for disaster preparedness and climate change mitigation. Bioliteracy is the ability to understand the language of life. Bioliterate citizens are those capable of developing in harmony with nature.

To recognize the achievements that schools and local communities have made through the Initiative, a community celebration is planned for 23-25 May in Thua Thien-Hue Province, a region hit hard by the adverse effects of climate change, biodiversity loss and natural disasters.

The school events to be carried out in each of the five schools that are participating in the ground-breaking programme, are a unique opportunity that will bring together students, teachers, school authorities, parents, community members, national and local authorities and media.

The Vice President and Leader of the Global Citizenship Group at Samsung Electronics and the President of Samsung Electronics Viet Nam will be joined at the event by Vice Minister of Education and Training and MOET Department representatives, leaders of the People’s Committee of Thua Thien-Hue Province, together with representatives of UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and the UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education for Asia and the Pacific and UNESCO Viet Nam. Relevant partners actively involved in the programme will also be present, including: Live & Learn Viet Nam, Man and Biosphere Programme Viet Nam Chapter, Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO, Hanoi National University of Education, Hue University of Science, and national and international experts.

The school events will not only be a time to honour the schools and communities for their commitments in building a safer, more resilient and sustainable Viet Nam, but also celebrate these achievements through music and dance performances, traditional games, arts and crafts and activities for students, teachers, parents and community members reinforcing themes of environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, bioliteracy and disaster preparedness.

The events are expected to be attended by over 3,000 participants.

The ESD Initiative, a public-private partnership, boasts outcomes from the policy level to the grassroots level, impacting school and community preparedness and education while informing national curricula development, providing innovative tools for teacher training and mainstreaming of ESD themes which will be used for further national implementation and international replication.


For more information, a summary of Initiative components, strategy and achievements can be found in the links below.

To read the English version, click here.

To read the Vietnamese version, click here.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Vu Chien Thang, UNESCO Ha Noi Office, 23 Cao Ba Quat Street, E-mail: vc.thang(at)unesco.org 

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