Life skills programme to be expanded at schools

Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG - Aikido, a defensive martial art from Japan, has been included as part of physical training at the Đông Á College in the central city of Đà Nẵng for 2016-17. Chairman of the private Đông Á College, Nguyễn Thị Anh Đào, said it's the first college in the central and central highlands provinces to include the martial art in the curriculum along with karate, taekwondo, football and volleyball. Japanese masters will start training students later this year. The college also established karate, aikido and taekondo clubs for regular training three days a week along with life-skills programmes. The private college and William Angliss Institute from Australia have started a personnel training programme for the hospitality, tourism and culinary arts sectors for the 2016-17 period, as well as Japanese language training in co-operation with Route Inn Group from Japan. Aikido, which debuted in Việt Nam in 1958, was introduced in Đà Nẵng 33 years ago. - VNS... [read more]

Chairman of the private Dong A College, Nguyen Thi Anh Dao, said it’s the first college in the central and central highlands provinces to include the martial art in the curriculum along with karate, taekwondo, football and volleyball. Japanese masters will start training students later this year. The college also established karate, aikido and taekondo clubs for regular training three days a week along with life-skills programmes. The private college and William Angliss Institute from Australia have started a personnel training programme for the hospitality, tourism and culinary arts sectors for the 2016-17 period, as well as Japanese language training in cooperation with Route Inn Group from Japan. Aikido, which debuted in Vietnam in 1958, was introduced in Danang 33 years ago.... [read more]

Vietnam leads way in forest protection Countries that border the Mekong River can learn from Viet Nam's excellent management of its Payments for Forest Environmental Services programme, said Luca Tacconi, Associate Dean of the College of the Asia and Pacific at Australia's Crawford School of Public Policy. Tacconi made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi at a seminar on payments for environmental services. Enterprises benefiting from unharmed forests fund the programme in Viet Nam, while in Thailand, for example, the government must provide the funding. The programme creates incentives for individuals and communities to protect environmental services by compensating them for any costs incurred in managing and providing those services. In 2004, the Government of Viet Nam, drawing on an internationally recognised system, laid the foundations for a nationwide programme set out in the revised Forest Protection and Development Law. In 2008, a Government decision created support for pilot projects in Lam Dong and Son La provinces, and in 2011, the programme was implemented across the country. Viet Nam is the first country in Asia to use the Payments for Forest Environmental Services system nationwide. Thirty-six of the country's 63 provinces have established steering committees to oversee the programme's implementation. The programme collects up to US$55 million annually. Three years after it was set up, it had collected a total of US$150 million for protecting and developing forest areas - and helping residents involved protect the environment. Nguyen Dac Lam, director of Nghe An Province's Forest Protection and Development Fund,…... [read more]

Football for Hope Adidas Exchange Programme in Vietnam, an international workshop on football and life skills, began in Hue city on November 24. Fifty-four members from 16 non-government organisations in Asia and Australia are participating in the workshop, which ends on November 29. The workshop, being hosted by the Football for All in Vietnam (FFAV), will include two seminars on ‘Development through football in schools' and a coaching seminar on the ‘widely recognised Coerver Coaching method'. The programme provides organisations an opportunity to exchange and develop expertise and skills that are vital for an effective programme delivery and their overall operations. FFAV rises above cultural norms to create non-competitive, inclusive football and life skills programmes for children – aged between six and 15 – from disadvantaged communities, including orphans, ethnic minorities and street children, with training sessions and tournaments.-VNA... [read more]

Police rewarded after arresting drug trafficking ring leader Police from Hai Phong City were rewarded yesterday after nabbing a drug trafficking ring leader and his accomplice last Thursday, seizing 500 grams of methamphetamine and nearly 200 ecstasy pills. According to police, Van Hieu Dung, 33, the ring leader, from the city's Ngo Quyen District, was a gambler living in a rented house after mortgaging his own property. However, Dung disguised himself as a worker at Hoang Dieu Port where he and an accomplice, Tran Thi Thu Huong, were arrested while picking up the methamphetamine and ecstasy pills. Following Dung's directions, money was always deposited via banks during each drug transaction and places where Dung delivered drug for his clients were constantly changed, according to officials. More Vietnamese nurses, orderlies to work in Japan An additional 180 Vietnamese nurses and orderlies will be able to work in Japan in 2015, according to officials at the Department of Overseas Labour. Before going to Japan, nursing candidates will take a free-of-charge Japanese language course for 12 months, which began yesterday in the northern province of Hung Yen yesterday. After the course, they must take a Japanese language examination, and those who pass will be sent to work in Japan in 3 to 4 years. A nurse will be paid some 130,000-140,000 yen per month, while salaries paid for orderlies range between 140,000-150,000 yen per month. Under the Viet Nam-Japan co-operation agreement, 150 candidates were recruited last year. Having passed their language classes, they…... [read more]

An overall lack of life skills is among reasons attributed to risks for young people, such as stress, depression and even suicide, said Nguyen Thi Cam Tu, Headmaster of Ngo Tat To Secondary School, Phu Nhuan District, HCM City. Children who are never taught how to deal with the difficulties of life, such as parental divorce, family financial problems or disappointing study results are more easily susceptible to these risks. If children are not taught about life value, they are more prone to belligerence, violence, criminal activity and even suicide, according to Tu. Nguyen Thanh Nhan, a consultant from the Asia-Pacific Young Talent Training Centre, said students currently lack life skills, particularly those who live in big cities. He added that, due to limited awareness of life and how to deal with practical problems, many students in secondary and high schools have the ability to develop passion for something they like, and that parents and teachers need to find ways to cultivate their interests. Many in the education field have said that in a large number of cases, parents are too focused on earning money and do not focus on the other interests of their children, adversely affecting the young person's ability to socially integrate. Meanwhile, parents often blame this problem only on schools. Expert have said that many young people use video games as a way to relieve pressure from studies, causing the threat of "addiction". MA Nguyen Thanh Mai, Headmaster of Viet My Secondary School, said extracurricular activities…... [read more]

The enrolment rate in primary schools for children in the target age group in Laos has risen to 95.2 percent in 2012 compared to 79 percent in 2000, the Lao news agency KPL reported, citing figures from the Global Monitoring Report on Education for All 2012. KPL quoted Vice Minister of Education and Sports Lytou Bouapao as saying at the March 13 National Launch of Education for All Global Monitoring Report that the education sector has been improved quantitatively and qualitatively since 2000. The Vice Minister said that the enrolment rate for early child group aged between 3 and 5 jumped to 28 percent in 2012, from 8 percent in 2000, while the secondary gross enrolment rate rose from 46.6 percent to 46.7 percent, and the upper secondary enrolment rate rose from 22.6 percent to 34.7 percent. However there are some challenges remain in the primary education such as high repetition rate at 10.9 percent, and dropout rate, 7.1 percent and low survival rate 70 percent. Poverty is the main cause, said Lytou, noting that according to Education for All (EFA) goals as well as MDGs 2 and 3, primary repetition rate and dropout rate should not be more than 2 percent and survival rate should be 95 percent. Concerning adult literacy achievement, according to the Lao Social Indicators survey 2011-2012, the rate among women from 15 to 19 years old is 72.3 percent and 79 percent for men. The literacy rate among women aged between 20 and 24 is…... [read more]

Vietnam's only centre offering 'detoxing' courses for online gamers will finish offering its courses, despite huge parental demand for their children to continue receiving treatment. Good model Five years ago the Southern Youth Centre in Ho Chi Minh City opened a Semester in Army life skills programme for children suffering from behavioural difficulties. The centre later opened the country's first 'detox' course for online game addicts in 2008. Parents from Tuyen Quang to Ho Chi Minh City submitted their children to the new course, with the hope of curing them of their addictive behaviour. To date, the centre has run four courses for game addicts during its four years of operation, with an 80-90% success rate. The course helped many young people to give up their gaming and improve their relationships with their parents. The centre also fielded phone calls from families seeking help. Closure According to Tran Thi Kim Lien, the centre's Deputy Director, despite gaining good results, they had decided to stop the courses. The Deputy Director said, "Such a centre with the financial and human resource difficulties we have, can't receive every game addict, we are only capable of pilot programmes. We are ready to share our experience and provide support if other centres open the courses." "We have carried out a range of life skill education models for young people but none of them posed as many difficulties as the rehabilitation programme for online gamers. This work is ten times difficult more than the Semester in…... [read more]

The meeting was meant to review the progress of the national target programs on sustainable poverty reduction and new-style rural development and set the committee’s tasks to accomplish the targets of this year. Speaking at the event, Hue said public capital disbursement remained slow, equivalent to over 30 percent in seven months.  At the meeting. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) to review resources allocation in the two national target programs to devise proposals to add into the Government’s resolution on speeding up the progress and quality of public investment disbursement. The MoPI must coordinate with the ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly issue a detailed guideline on criteria for basic construction debts in the national target programs on new rural development. Hailing the efficiency of credit for new rural development, Hue required the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) to study resources to increase credit for the campaign. The Deputy PM also called for special attention to be paid to “soft criteria” of poverty reduction, like cultural values, living environment, social safety and order, and livelihoods. According to Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Van Hieu, the total State funding for the national target programs this year amounts to over VND 15.23 trillion (USD 662.2 million), including VND 8 trillion (USD 347.8 million) reserved for the National Target Program on New-style Rural Development and the remaining for the National Target Program on Sustainable Poverty…... [read more]

At the meeting (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue requested the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to carefully review poor districts in accordance with Resolution 30a while chairing a meeting of the Central Steering Committee on National Target Programmes in 2016-2020 in Hanoi on August 1. The meeting was meant to review the progress of the national target programmes on sustainable poverty reduction and new rural development and set the committee’s tasks to accomplish the targets of this year. Speaking at the event, Hue said public capital disbursement remained slow, equivalent to over 30 percent in seven months. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) to review resources allocation in the two national target programmes to devise proposals to add into the Government’s resolution on speeding up the progress and quality of public investment disbursement. The MoPI must coordinate with the ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly issue a detailed guideline on criteria for basic construction debts in the national target programmes on new rural development. Hailing the efficiency of credit for new rural development, Hue required the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSC) to study resources to increase credit for the campaign. The Deputy PM also called for special attention to be paid to “soft criteria” of poverty reduction, like cultural values, living environment, social safety and order, and livelihoods. According …... [read more]




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