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New schoolbooks about the Paracel islands

Update: March, 07/2015 - 12:00

Vietnamese school children are going to start learning more about the country's islands that China is illegally occupying.

The history of the islands has been written up in special school books.

Some of this history will be about the time of the Nguyen Dynasty.

The islands always had a lot to do with the city of Da Nang.

By the book: The history of Da Nang and its relationship with the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) will be introduced into the curricula at secondary and high schools in the central coastal city this year.
By the book: The history of Da Nang and its relationship with the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) will be introduced into the curricula at secondary and high schools in the central coastal city this year. - File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The history of Da Nang and its relationship with the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) will be introduced into the curricula at secondary and high schools in the central coastal city this year, officials have announced.

About 100,000 school textbooks, divided into two volumes, have been printed and will be distributed in the schools.

The textbooks contain detailed information about the city's seafaring history as also Viet Nam's sovereignty over the islands that are currently illegally occupied by China.

Titled Lich Su Da Nang (Da Nang History), the textbooks also include information on the illegal placement of a Chinese oil rig on the islands and the resulting confrontation.

Nguyen Minh Hung, deputy director of the Da Nang Department of Education and Training, said the idea for the textbooks was proposed by members of the city legislature, the People's Council, last July.

Hung said that the textbooks would have seven and four lessons respectively for secondary school and high school students.

While the secondary school students will gain general knowledge of the city's development history, including how ancestors established the nation's sovereignty over the region, high school students will acquire intensive information on the Paracel Islands.

They will learn about the historical evidence that clearly prove Viet Nam's sovereignty over the islands, like the maps and documents dating back to the rule of the Nguyen Dynasty in the region (1802 - 1884).

The textbooks will focus in particular on the relationship between the Paracel Islands and Da Nang City.

It is important to compile such textbooks to foster the patriotic spirit among the city's youth, Hung said.

"As citizens of Da Nang, the students must remember and understand the most important historical moments of their hometown; and reinforce their pride and belief in the development of the city to promote the values of our ancestors," he said.

Local educators have welcomed the new textbooks.

"It is a very meaningful and practical way to educate the students about Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Paracel Islands. It is even more important as the islands are under Da Nang's administration," said Huynh Dinh Quoc Thien, who heads the city's historians association.

For their part, students are excited.

Twelfth grader Phan Anh Dung from the Ngu Hanh Son High School said: "It would be great to have such textbooks in our curriculum. I think that we students must understand much more than anyone else about the Hoang Sa Islands, which are a part of our hometown."

Da Nang is home to thousands of Vietnamese fishermen, many of whom have been involved in ongoing attempts to defend Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa Archipelago. — VNS

GLOSSARY

The history of Da Nang and its relationship with the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) will be introduced into the curricula at secondary and high schools in the central coastal city this year, officials have announced.

Curricula is the plural of curriculum. A curriculum is the collection of subjects that make up a course. Many words in English that end in -um in the singular, end in -a in the plural.

The textbooks contain detailed information about the city's seafaring history as also Viet Nam's sovereignty over the islands that are currently illegally occupied by China.

A city's seafaring history is its history as a place where boats visited after sailing the seas and from where boats left to do the same. Many people who live in seafaring cities are themselves sailors.

A country's sovereignty is its right to rule over its own land.

Titled Lich Su Da Nang (Da Nang History), the textbooks also include information on the illegal placement of a Chinese oil rig on the islands and the resulting confrontation.

The illegal placement of a Chinese rig on the islands means that putting it there was against the law.

When there is resulting confrontation, two sides want to argue, or even fight with one another because of something that has happened. In this case, the Chinese placing an oil rig on the islands has caused problems between Viet Nam and China.

Hung said that the textbooks have seven and four lessons respectively for secondary school and high school students.

This means that the textbooks have seven lessons for secondary school students and four lessons for high school students.

While the secondary school students will gain general knowledge of the city's development history, including how ancestors established the nation's sovereignty over the region, high school students will acquire intensive information on the Paracel Islands.

Your ancestors are grandparents, great parents, great great grandparents and so on.

To acquire intensive information means to receive very thorough information.

They will learn about the historical evidence that clearly prove Viet Nam's sovereignty over the islands, like the maps and documents dating back to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-84).

Evidence means proof.

It is important to compile such textbooks to foster the patriotic spirit among the city's youth, Hung said.

To compile a textbook means to put together a textbook.

To foster patriotic spirit means to encourage people to feel loyalty towards their country.

"As citizens of Da Nang, the students must remember and understand the most important historical moments of their hometown; and reinforce their pride and belief in the development of the city to promote the values of our ancestors," he said.

If the students reinforce their pride in the city, they become even more proud of it.

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Find words that mean the following in the Word Search:

1. The country that is illegally occupying the Paracel Islands at present.

2. In what grade is Phan Anh Dung at the Ngu Hanh Son High School.

3. Books used in schools that are filled with printed pages.

4. The singular of curricula.

5. Against the law.

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