Vietnamese students win at World Mathematical Olympiad 2017

Two Vietnamese sixth graders have won two bronze medals from a global event for the mathematically gifted. Two Vietnamese sixth graders have won two bronze medals from a global event for the mathematically gifted. Tran Nguyen Thanh Nguyen and Tran Phuong Anh from Tran Dai Nghia High School for the Gifted in Ho Chi Minh City claimed the prizes given at the 2016 World Mathematical Olympiad (WMO) on Saturday. This is the first time Vietnam has had candidates, including 12 students from grade fifth to grade sixth, advancing to the final round. The WMO, firstly held in 2010, is an international mathematical competition for elementary and middle school students and is hosted annually in a different country, according to its website. The contest aims to provide a platform for mathematically gifted youths from around the world to showcase their mathematical and critical thinking skills as well as engaging in cultural exchange, the website said. The event this year took place in Seoul, South Korea, with contestants from the UK, Canada, Australia, China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, and other countries.... [read more]

Teams to check food safety during Mid-Autumn Festival Inspections will be carried out from August 25 to September 14. The targeted localities are Hà N?i, HCM City, the northern provinces of Thái Nguyên, Lào Cai and Lai Châu, and the central Th?a Thiên-Hu? and Qu?ng Tr? provinces, as well as the Central Highlands provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum, and the southern provinces of Bình Duong, An Giang and Vinh Long. The inspections will focus on food quality and origin, implementation of regulations on food safety and hygiene by large producers and restaurants that process or sell food, beer, soft drinks and particularly mooncakes. For other cities and provinces, local health departments should consult local people's committees and steering committees on food safety and hygiene about intensifying inspections at food production units, business and import facilities and restaurants during the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which falls on September 15 this year. Deputy PM wants quick arrest in multiple-murder case Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hòa Bình has asked the public security ministry and the local people's committee to investigate and quickly arrest the murderer(s) of four people in Lào Cai. The victims, who were four members of a family, were found dead in Bát Xát District's Tr?nh Tu?ng Commune in the northern mountainous province, following an incident of suspected robbery last Tuesday evening. The robber(s) ransacked the house and stole more than VNÐ10 million (US$434). Based on clues collected…... [read more]

Vietnamese students in Ho Chi Minh City, Tran Nguyen Thanh Nguyen and Tran Phuong Anh earned two bronze medals at the 2016 World Mathematical Olympiad (WMO) held in Seoul in South Korea on August 13. The 11th World Final of World Mathematical Olympiad attrtacted about 100 students from countries and territories worldwide, including Vietnam, the UK, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and China. The World Mathematical Olympiad (WMO) is the International Championship for Elementary and Middle School students aged 8-11 years old and is held annually in a different country. The first WMO was held in 2009 and has been organized in 30 cities in 10 countries around the world with the participation of thousands students. WMO breaks the traditional format of math competitions by challenging contestants to apply innovative methods to solve problems using creativity, teamwork, and intuition. The competition integrates science, technology, engineering, and the liberal arts, inspiring students’ natural curiosity to connect with their world.... [read more]

Enthralled: A policewoman discusses traffic safety with primary school students in Hanoi. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Traffic culture among Vietnamese youths is the theme of a national film festival on traffic safety launched on August 9 by the National Traffic Safety Committee, the Department of Traffic Police and Toyota Motors Vietnam in Hanoi. Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Quang Nhat, from the Department of Traffic Police, said the festival focuses on the role of youths in ensuring traffic safety, traffic law compliance among youths and the education on traffic culture in families and schools. According to Major General Tran Son Ha, director of the department, the film festival was first held in 1996. After nine editions, the festival has attracted the participation from organisations and individuals nationwide. “It is considered as one of the effective channels to popularise the laws among the citizens and encourage them to obey traffic safety laws. By means of the images and sounds which are illustrated in various forms like documentaries or musicals, the TV programmes about traffic have left thorough impacts on the viewers as well as effects in limiting violations, preventing traffic accidents and significantly contributed to ensuring traffic safety and order,” he said. Speaking about this year’s theme, the director added that forming traffic culture among Vietnamese youth demonstrates the strategic vision of a developing society. “Each youth not only has to directly improve their own traffic culture but also become an active communicator of traffic safety in their…... [read more]

Bac Ninh province will spend 420 billion VND on a school milk programme for more than 557,000 pre-school and primary pupils during 2017-2020. (Photo: baobacninh.com.vn) Bac Ninh (VNA) – The northern province of Bac Ninh has decided to splash out more than 420 billion VND (18.5 million USD) on a school milk programme for more than 557,000 pre-school and primary pupils during 2017-2020. Of the total, 210 billion VND (9.25 million USD) will come from the provincial budget, some 105 billion VND (4.62 million USD) by milk supplying businesses and 105 billion VND (4.62 million USD) from parents. Disadvantaged students will receive free milk. Per the programme, pre-school and primary school students will receive three 180 ml milk bottles per week for nine months. In the 2017-2018 academic year, some 139,000 local children, including more than 94,000 pre-school children and 44,000 primary students, will benefit from the programme. The school milk programme was launched nationwide on September 28, 2016. It targets providing all pre-school children and elementary pupils in poor districts with milk by 2020, meeting 90-95 percent of their energy demand and increasing the heights of school boys and girls by 1.5 and 2 centimetres, respectively. As many as 60 countries worldwide have responded to World School Milk Day launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, the US, the UK and Thailand.-VNA... [read more]

TOEFL Primary is a series of highly researched tests designed specifically to develop and evaluate young learners (primary school students) English proficiency and thinking skills both academically and socially. Nguyen Quang Vinh, head of the department’s Primary Education Division said the enhanced English programme has been introduced at primary schools in the city since 2000. The programme has been tremendously successful with around 300,000 primary students having participated, Vinh said. During the seminar, teachers shared experiences in teaching English for primary students through diverse activities such as maths and science, culture and story-telling. In addition, representatives from IIG Vietnam – an officially-authorised unit of the Education Testing Service (ETS) introduced issues related to TOEFL Primary and committed to supporting teachers in teaching primary English.... [read more]

With new investment amounting to US$300,633 (VND6.76 billion) from the Monsanto Fund, the partnership will focus on improving education in rural provinces across the country through two major pillars: enhancing literacy for primary school-level students, and through helping female students complete high school. This programme will provide 250 girls from disadvantaged farmer families with financial support, mentorship and soft skills training to help them complete a three-year high school programme. This initiative also includes building six school libraries and publishing three new children books that will enable primary school students to develop enhanced communications skills and to nurture their love of reading. With both Room to Read and Monsanto Fund jointly committed to securing the future of female high school students, the new partnership will have a renewed focus on supporting girls’ education through a higher number of beneficiaries, and a longer period of support for this programme, while retaining the literacy program for primary schools. “At Monsanto, we recognise that education is one of the greatest aspirations of Vietnamese families, and we are committed to improving educational opportunities for children of farmers in the rural communities in which we operate,” Narasimham Upadyayula, CEO of Dekalb Vietnam said. “Growing with Vietnam for more than 20 years, we do understand that building a better future for children through education is the dream of every parents. I’m glad to see that students and their parents have realised the benefits from the partnership during the initial phase, and we are looking forward to…... [read more]

Viet Nam News QUẢNG NGÃI - A volunteer medical team from Chung Ang University (CAU)'s hospital--in collaboration with Doosan Vina Heavy Industry of Korea--provided free examinations and medicine to 2,500 residents in the central province as part of the 8th annual medical service from January 9-14th. The team of Korean doctors supplied needed medicines, diagnoses and treatments for residents of Bình Sơn and Trà Bồng districts during the six-day collaboration between Chung Ang University and Korean Heavy industry Doosan Việt Nam Company. Students and volunteers from Korea will also offer calligraphy, pottery, origami, and other painting skills for local children in Lý Sơn Island and Minh Long districts of the province on January 15-23. In 2016, 2,500 residents in Bình Sơn and Minh Long districts received a free medical check-up, drugs and equipment from the medical programme. Korean professors and students from Chung Ang University also joined a Corporate Society Responsibility (CSR) programme for primary school students and children with disabilities in Bình Sơn, Trà Bồng and Nghĩa Hành districts last year. According to latest report, 27,000 people in the province have received medical exams and been given medicine to help correct their aliments, at a total cost of US$600,000 since the 1st medical CSR between Doosan Vina and Chung Ang University was introduced in 2008. Since 2008, Doosan Vina donated over $6 million for its Vietnamese CSR programmes. - VNS... [read more]

Surveys conducted by the hospital show an alarming rate of dental problems among the country’s young: 85% of children aged 6 to 8 have decayed baby (milk) teeth, while 54.6% in the 9-11 age group have permanent tooth decay. The number of people suffering dental caries increases in accordance with their age and the severity. The rate of children with severely crooked teeth stands at around 80-90%. Experts said this was due to children’s baby teeth not receiving proper treatment. The surveys also found that two-thirds of children aged between 6 and 14 never had a dental check-up. Worse still, 100% of primary school students are not in the habit of brushing their teeth three times a day. Trinh Dinh Hai, Director of the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology, said a shortage of dentists and lack of fluoride in drinking water could contribute to cavities. A lack of professional doctors as well as hesitation to go to see the dentist were the main reasons for the high%age of people suffering from tooth decay, he said. According to the Vietnam Odonto-Maxillo-Facial’s figures, there is one dentist in Vietnam for 25,000 people, whereas in developed countries the rate is one per 1,000-2,000 people. Gum disease and dental inflammation are the most common oral diseases that cause teeth loss in people over 45, Hai said. He warned that if the disease was not treated in time and properly, it would effect general wellness and appearance. Statistics from the health care sector show that the…... [read more]

Surveys conducted by the hospital show an alarming rate of dental problems among the country’s young: 85 percent of children aged 6 to 8 have decayed baby (milk) teeth, while 54.6 percent in the 9-11 age group have permanent tooth decay. The number of people suffering dental caries increases in accordance with their age and the severity. The rate of children with severely crooked teeth stands at around 80-90 percent. Experts said this was due to children’s baby teeth not receiving proper treatment. The surveys also found that two-thirds of children aged between 6 and 14 never had a dental check-up. Worse still, 100 percent of primary school students are not in the habit of brushing their teeth three times a day. Trinh Dinh Hai, Director of the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology, said a shortage of dentists and lack of fluoride in drinking water could contribute to cavities. A lack of professional doctors as well as hesitation to go to see the dentist were the main reasons for the high percentage of people suffering from tooth decay, he said. According to the Vietnam Odonto-Maxillo-Facial’s figures, there is one dentist in Vietnam for 25,000 people, whereas in developed countries the rate is one per 1,000-2,000 people. Gum disease and dental inflammation are the most common oral diseases that cause teeth loss in people over 45, Hai said. He warned that if the disease was not treated in time and properly, it would effect general wellness and appearance. Statistics from the health…... [read more]




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