28.09.2011 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

Viet Nam hosts advocacy event for Education in Emergencies

©UNESCO / Vice Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien speaks to participants

Ha Noi, 28 September – The Ministry of Education and Training, UNESCO, UNICEF and Save the Children co-hosted the “Education in Emergencies Advocacy Day” to share Viet Nam’s experience in this area as well as the ministry’s Action Plan to implement the National Strategy for Natural Disaster Prevention, Response and Mitigation. In addition, international experience and good practices from around the world were presented.

The event was organized at the request of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and was attended by Vice Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien, UNICEF Country Representative, UNESCO Representative and Head of Office, Save the Children Country Director and Directors and Deputy Directors of key government departments involved in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

INEE  is an open global network of representatives from NGOs, UN agencies, donor agencies, governments, academic institutions, schools and affected populations working together to ensure the fulfilment of the right to quality and safe education in emergencies and post-crisis recovery for all. The network has developed the Minimum Standards for Education Preparedness, Response and Recovery, the only global tool that articulates the minimum level of educational quality and access in emergencies through to recovery.

Throughout the year 2011, the minimum standards have been translated and contextualized to Viet Nam through a participatory process involving national and international actors. As a result, the Minimum Standards for Education Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Viet Nam have been developed.

In his remarks, Vice Minister Hien expressed Viet Nam’s strong commitment to Education in Emergencies and the adoption of the minimum standards for Viet Nam as a framework for the education sector’s engagement in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. He further called upon international agencies and the INEE to continue supporting Viet Nam to meet the minimum standards and ensure schools and their local communities can effectively prepare, respond and recover from disasters.

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