Community Learning Centres
Viet Nam’s Community Learning Centres (CLC) have become an important resource for the dissemination of learning and are an integral part of the Government’s National Education for All (EFA) Action Plan. The number of CLCs in the country has grown rapidly, from just 15 in 1999 to more than 10,000 today. Increased visibility has also brought heightened scrutiny, and MOET has recognized the need to improve the effectiveness of CLCs so that they may better respond to the changing needs of local learners.
Under this program, UNESCO is supporting the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the Continuing Education Department (CED) and the Non-formal Education Research Center (NFERC) under the Viet Nam Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES) to develop a set of criteria and procedures for assessing CLC effectiveness. UNESCO began by sharing recommendations for improved CLC management and resource mobilization at the “Viet Nam Forum on Lifelong Learning” in December 2010.
In 2011, a draft set of CLC evaluation indicators and a preliminary objective assessment of the situation of CLCs was produced by UNESCO in collaboration with its partners. The report was based on fact-finding missions conducted to assess CLC in Ha Noi, Hoa Binh, Bac Giang, Thai Binh, Dong Thap and Ho Chi Minh City. The indicators and assessment were then reviewed in three separate workshops attended by MOET/VNIES, provincial and CLC education management staff and line ministries, respectively. Inputs from these workshops will be used to revise the evaluation package which will then be piloted in selected provinces in late 2011.
The government has announced its dedication to establish at least one CLC in each of Viet Nam’s approximately 11,000 communes by 2012, and setting a uniform standard for CLC evaluation will play a key role in strengthening their effectiveness and furthering Viet Nam’s lifelong learning campaign.