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Action Research on Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual Education: Improving the equity and quality of education for ethnic minority children in Viet Nam

Date added: 10/29/2012
Downloads: 12876
Action Research on Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual Education: Improving the equity and quality of education for ethnic minority children in Viet Nam

Viet Nam has made overall progress in basic education. Net enrolment rates for primary and second level are 95.5 per cent and 86.2 per cent, respectively (2009 Census). Between 1992 and 2008, primary level completion rates rose from 45.0 per cent to 89.8 per cent.

Despite major achievements in the education sector in Viet Nam, however disparities still remain and education attainment is much lower among several groups, particularly among ethnic minority groups. For ethnic minority children, low enrolment and completion and high drop-out and repetition rates remain a challenge. According to the Government’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS, 2011), the primary school completion rate among ethnic minority children is significantly lower than that of Kinh and Hoa children: 79.8 per cent and 103.1 per cent, respectively. There is also inequality between different ethnic minority groups. Figure 1 shows that the primary school net attendance rate among the Mong is as low as 69.6 per cent, while the rate among the Tay is the highest of all, 93.5 per cent, followed by Kinh of 92.6 per cent (Census, 2009).

General Nutrition Survey 2009 - 2010

Date added: 07/10/2013
Downloads: 12763
General Nutrition Survey 2009 - 2010

The first General Nutrition Survey was conducted between 1981-1985. Further surveys were carried out in 1987-1989 and in 2000. This fourth, and most recent General Survey, was conducted in 2009-2010.

In addition to the aforementioned general surveys, additional data have been collected in the following surveys: Epidemiological survey of vitamin A deficiency and exophthalmia (1985), Survey on maternal and child nutritional status and exophthalmia (1994), National survey of nutritional anemia (1995 and 2000), Assessing the PEM project (2004), and the General survey of overweight and obesity in adults (2005).

The 4th General Survey was conducted to evaluate the 2001-2010 National Nutrition Strategy goals, as well as to provide scientific evidence of trends in food consumption and nutrition status for the National Nutrition Strategy for 2011-2020, with a vision toward 2030.

In addition, data from the General Survey are also useful for nutrition research in national institutions and universities.

The National Institute of Nutrition worked closely in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Department of Science and Training, Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Maternal and Child Health, and Vietnam Food Administration to successfully conduct the survey.

We also gratefully acknowledge technical guidance from General Statistic Office and UNICEF Hanoi.

Special thanks are also due to the Department of Health and Preventive Medicine Centers in all provinces and cities, as well as local health care workers and households for their active participation.

We are delighted to present the findings of the comprehensive report on the General Nutrition Survey for 2009-2010.

Primary Classroom Language Mapping in Lao Cai province

Date added: 04/12/2013
Downloads: 12290
Primary Classroom Language Mapping in Lao Cai province

This Profile was prepared to present key findings from the Primary Classroom Language Mapping in Lao Cai province, conducted by UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training, Lao Cai Department of Education and Planning, and Summer Institute of Linguistics International. The mapping was to collect information on primary school students' strongest language and academic performance, and the teacher's ethnicity and second language abilities. It helped to identify monolingual school sites, where mother tongue based bilingual education (MTBBE) can be applied; the number of teachers who can potentially be the MTBBE teachers; and where students are performing well and where students are performing weakly. The instrument has proven effective and other provinces plan to apply it in future.

Making the Constitution Work Better for Children is Essential, UNICEF Position Paper

Date added: 04/17/2013
Downloads: 11933
Making the Constitution Work Better for Children is Essential, UNICEF Position Paper

The amendment of the 1992 Constitution offers Viet Nam an opportunity to strengthen the rule of law, promote human rights and enhance equality as well as socio-economic and political stability. While the current draft includes a number of significant and positive changes, UNICEF believes the current draft can be made more responsive to the needs of a third of the country's population – its children.

UNICEF's mission is to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and create opportunities to allow children to reach their full potential. UNICEF's work is guided by the provisions and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). UNICEF has extensive experience, globally and regionally, supporting countries to reflect the rights of children within their constitutions.

Rapid assessment reality and needs for capacity building of the partners involved in the implementation of communication activities on child survival and development in three provinces

Date added: 01/01/2010
Downloads: 11473
Rapid assessment reality and needs for capacity building of the partners involved in the implementation of communication activities on child survival and development in three provinces

In the framework of cooperation with UNICEF to implement the Program for Child Survival and Development (CSD); the MOH, MOLISA, MARD are the partners in the areas related to malnutrition prevention, safe water and environment hygiene, injury prevention for children…Various activities of Information – Education and Communication; Behavior Change Communication and Public advocacy for making policies on Child survival and development have been conducted. In order to improve the quality of the program and effectively integrate activities in each area as well as across different areas of CSD, this capacity assessment of the partners involved was conducted with the aim to give recommendations for improving communication for development.

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


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Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.

 

Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


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Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


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New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam

 

On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December

 

Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.



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