Viet Nam reports successes and progress of the New School Model to the Global Partnership for Education
Brussels, 25-26 June 2014 – Official representatives of Viet Nam attended the 2nd Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Replenishment Conference, hosted by the European Union on 25-26 June in Brussels, Belgium.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) were joined by over 800 global participants from more than 90 countries that included representatives from governments, civil society organizations, international agencies, private foundations, and businesses. During the conference, over 80 pledges were made by GPE partners and national governments.
In a speech presented on behalf of the Minister of Education and Training, Mr. Pham Vu Luan, the Government of Viet Nam expressed its commitments to continued education sector development by pledging to:
1. Continue allocating at least 20% of the total State Budget for education during the next three years and to mobilize other financial resources for further investment;
2. Continue implementing the Viet Nam Escuela Nueva (VNEN) project, including expanding the project to an additional 600 schools;
3. Mainstream gender equality in teaching, develop support policies and programmes for girls, and remove gender-stereotyped messages and images from learning materials;
4. Integrate natural disaster preparedness, climate change mitigation, and biodiversity conservation into curriculum as well as dedicate financial resources to education in emergency situations;
5. Enhance the quality of its education database for increased transparency and accountability.
Viet Nam also expressed the plan to expand the successful VNEN model to the secondary education level, voicing a request for financial and technical support from donors in order to achieve this goal.
Viet Nam vowed to continue its endeavours for education development and highlighted the nation’s desire to share globally, within the framework of South-South cooperation and coordination, the positive experiences and lessons learned.
During the event, Minister Luan and his delegation from MOET together with UNESCO Viet Nam, held relevant meetings with UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, the incoming Senior Director of Education Global Practice for the World Bank, Claudia Costin, and Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education.
For more information, please contact Ha Thi Ngoc Anh, Assistant to the UNESCO Representative in Viet Nam at: ht.anh(at)unesco.org
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