Education for the 21st Century

education for all

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Nothing in the 21st Century is more empowering, on a personal and collective level, than education. Education is the key component for building global peace, eradicating poverty and driving sustainable development – and since 1999 UNESCO Ha Noi has been committed to providing dedicated efforts to better support human development for the people of Viet Nam.

At the heart of UNESCO is a steadfast belief that every human being has the right to education and that access must also be matched by quality. The Education 2030 Agenda is built on the fact that education drives development by transforming lives through the principles of equity, quality, inclusion and gender equality whilst promoting creativity and critical thinking. In support of this, UNESCO fosters Member States’ commitment to the right to education and the concept of lifelong learning, as a key principle for holistic and sector-wide educational reform and a response to emerging socio-economic challenges.

Since 1995 Viet Nam has made rapid strides forward in educational achievements. It reached 98 and 88 per cent of the Net Enrolment Rate at primary and lower secondary levels in 2013 respectively, while the national adult and youth literacy rates were 89 and 97 per cent respectively in 2012.

With Viet Nam’s rapid strides forward in educational reform and accessibility, there still remains room for further progress in improving the quality and diversification of education to include moral, creativity, linguistic and information technology skills. Additionally, the need for high-quality human resources to support industrialization, modernization and the creation of a knowledge-based economy calls upon the safeguarding of social justice in education and lifelong learning opportunities for every citizen (Viet Nam National Education for All 2015 Review).

With this, UNESCO supports Viet Nam in achieving its national education goals and targets in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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