01.10.2011 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Viet Nam celebrate Lifelong Learning Week for the first time


Ha Noi, 1 October – Continuous learning, traditionally of great importance in Vietnamese society, is being celebrated during a week-long series of events between October 2 and 8, 2011 in Ha Noi.

Organized for the first time in Viet Nam by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Tourism (MoCST) and the United Nations in Viet Nam, the Lifelong Learning Celebration Week focuses public attention on the importance of lifelong learning and its role in build a learning society in the country. The week also honours the tradition of respect for learning that has long been rooted in local cultures.

Internationally recognized as all learning from cradle to grave, lifelong learning includes all forms of learning with a focus on the triangle of knowledge, skills and competencies to help develop employability, personal development, active citizenship and social inclusion.

A key highlight of the week was the opening ceremony on 2 October at the Temple of Literature, the symbol of Vietnamese education. The ceremony was attended by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan, Vice Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam Katherine Muller-Marin, other government officials and representatives of international agencies as well as more than 500 learners of all ages.

Highlights of events at the Lifelong Learning Week

  • “Ho Chi Minh and Lifelong Learning” exhibit and Book Show Exhibitions at the Ha Noi Temple of Literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam).
  • Awareness-raising event on parent education through Community Learning Centres on 2 October at Cong Vi Learning Centre.
  • Lifelong Learning through paintings and promotion posters with discovery arts activities in Fine Arts Museum, 2-8 October
  • Awards & Commendations presented at the closing ceremony on 8 October at the Ha Noi Department of Education and Training.

During the multiple celebrations, ministries along with national and international agencies are sharing research findings and experiences in promoting lifelong learning and building a learning society. Educational institutions are organizing educational promotion activities, while libraries, museums and cultural houses located in Ha Noi are holding contests and events open to the public. At the same time, science seminars and contests are also being organised.

The UN in Viet Nam has been advocating for quality education for all with the introduction of innovative and internationally-recognized approaches with a focus on reducing inequality among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of the society.

The Government of Viet Nam has established a National Steering Committee, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and brings together 21 sectors to develop the strategy on Building a Learning Society in Viet Nam 2011–2020.


For more information, please contact:
Ms. Tran Thi Thanh Tam

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