07.01.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Viet Nam advances on defining the profiles and actions for Building a Learning Society


Ha Noi, 19 December 2013 – The National Workshop on Building a Learning Society: From vision to action produced a new draft of the desired profiles for the learning society and learning citizen for Viet Nam in 2020 identifying key actions to achieve these objectives.

The 2-day national workshop was launched by H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam who noted “the importance of taking full advantage of scientific and technological achievements to create the conditions for lifelong learning”. The workshop allowed to discuss and share ideas on building a learning society in the context of ASEAN Integration.

This joint effort was organized by the National Steering Committee on Building a Learning Society in Viet Nam, the National Council on Education and Human Resource Development, the UN in Viet Nam with UNESCO as lead agency and the UNESCO Institute for Life-long Learning (UIL).

“Viet Nam’s commitment to becoming a learning society is essential for the country to avoid the middle-income trap and make the shift towards a high-tech, high-skilled economy” noted UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Ms. Pratibha Mehta. “This will contribute to laying the foundation for inclusive and sustainable growth in Viet Nam.”

On 17-18 December,  the workshop hosted 120 participants from government agencies and 23 relevant ministries, mass organizations and media, local authorities such as people committees of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Phu Tho, Hai Duong and Thua Thien Hue provinces; UN agencies and ASEAN Secretariat; key national and international experts, private sector and many other stakeholders.

This first-ever workshop conducted with an inter-sectoral and participatory approach allowed for participants to discuss and vote to develop a shared vision towards common action plans to build an inclusive, resilient, innovative and sustainable learning society in Viet Nam. Participants charted out national actions and the roadmap to develop the desired profiles to implement the National Framework on Building a Learning Society. A half-day session on 19 December on Learning Cities, took place in Hai Duong as follow-up to the national workshop.

These activities will be followed by three regional workshops in 2014 that will replicate and adapt this methodology to provide regional input to the profiles and actions drafted in the national workshop. 

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