16.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

MOET and MOCST issue Guidance Note on Heritage Education

Ha Noi, 16 January 2013 - Today, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST) issued an inter-ministerial Guidance Note No. 73 /HD-BGDÐT-BVHTTDL for Using cultural heritage in learning and teaching in secondary schools and continuing education centres.

This document has laid the foundation for heritage education, particularly in developing curricular lessons and extracurricular activities, which will involve museums, heritage sites and cultural institutions in the collaboration with cultural institutions and agencies in secondary and continuing education.

This follows a series of pilots implemented by cultural heritage and education agencies over the last few years, particularly the Department of Cultural Heritage (under MOCST), the Cultural Heritage Association of Viet Nam, museums, heritage sites, local and international cultural institutions, such as the Museum of Ethnology of Viet Nam, the Viet Nam Women’s Museum and the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum, non-governmental organizations, such as the Centre for Cultural Heritage Research and Promotion (CCH), the Centre for Environment and Community Assets Development (CECAD), local and international schools and UNESCO Viet Nam. For the first time in Viet Nam education history and cultural heritage is legitimized as an agenda in formal education. It also builds upon previous fruitful cooperation between MOET and UNESCO Viet Nam.

To provide teachers and educators with innovative methods to be applied in the implementation of the inter-ministerial Guidance Note, the Department of Secondary Education (under MOET) and UNESCO Viet Nam, with support from education and culture specialists, especially the CCH, are preparing a Teachers’ Manual on Using Heritage in Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools. The manual covers main concepts and characteristics of cultural heritage, their significance in secondary education, elements of and procedures for lesson plans and the introduction of innovative education methods in heritage education. The manual includes sample lesson plans, in various forms and from various locations, incorporating cultural heritage into pilot subjects such as History, Geographics and Music .

As part of the pilot stage of adopting of the Manual, the Department of Secondary Education and UNESCO Viet Nam will co-organize a two-day training for teachers and education officials in seven cities and provinces (Ha Noi City, Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Giang, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Phu Tho and Thua Thien-Hue) on 21 and 22 January 2013. Following the training, two lower-secondary and two upper-secondary schools from each province will be selected to develop pilots on integrating cultural heritage in teaching and learning. Based on lessons learned from these pilots, the Manual will be revised before official adoption and dissemination at the national level.

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