27.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

MOET and UNESCO hold training for education authorities

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and UNESCO held training sessions in Ha Noi on 13 and 27 September for MOET officials on disaster risk reduction, climate change and biodiversity conservation and restoration.

Following the delivery of awareness raising sessions to community members, local journalists, school principals, teachers and local authorities in Thua Thien – Hue Province, international experts Moustafa Osman (disaster risk reduction)  and Robert Wild (climate change and biodiversity conservation and restoration) delivered training sessions to education authorities from key departments within MOET. These trainings are part of the MOET, UNESCO and Samsung Education for Sustainable Development (ED) Initiative in Viet Nam.

The first training workshop on disaster risk reduction took place on 13 September in Ha Noi, and MOET officials attended the workshop on climate change and biodiversity conservation and restoration on 27 September. Through these two workshops, participants strenghtened their knowledge and skills in the three areas, with the aim of enhancing the central government’s support to district- and provincial-level ESD community actions and lay the ground for mainstreaming ESD into national policies and mechanisms.

During the trainings, MOET officials explored ways and means of enhancing coordination and communication mechanisms in all levels (national, provincial and district, inter-/intra-institutional) of the education sector on disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response. Participants were provided with international best practices and discussed their adaptation and application in Viet Nam’s context, to enhance coordination and communication efforts to support the overall implementation of MOET’s Strategy and Action Plan on the Implementation of a National Strategy on Prevention, Control and Mitigation of Natural Disasters for the Education Sector in the 2011-2020 period.

Participants also increased their knowledge on the linkages between biodiversity loss, climate change adaptation, mitigation and disasters, including recognising the importance of biodiversity restoration. They actively discussed about the key contributions that the education sector can make to promote biodiversity restoration and adapting and countering climate change, and promoting primary schools as “Community Flagships/Models for Biodiversity Restoration and Climate Change Adaptation”. As a result of the workshop, they developed a practical list of activities that they can take forward in their daily work as they implement the Education Sector Action Plan for Response to Climate Change, especially in the integration of Biodiversity.

Speaking at the training, Vice Minister of Education and Training, Tran Quang Quy, reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to integrate education for sustainable development into the national curriculum to improve the knowledge and awareness of Vietnamese students on these issues in schools and universities, but also indirectly to the communities they are living in.

The trainings provided an important opportunity for departments to take stock of their successes so far in implementing MOET’s different action plans in the three main areas, refresh each other on the various roles and responsibilities of each department, and to discuss ways to strengthen their coordinated effort to ensure that Viet Nam’s future generations have the knowledge and skills to tackle future challenges brought by disasters, climate change and biodiversity loss.

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