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Social work enjoys greater recognition

Update: January, 20/2014 - 09:11
Under the plan, to remain in effect until 2020, as many as 65,000 social workers will be trained to meet the requirements of the profession.— File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— A workshop to discuss strengthening the field of social work has attracted participants from domestic, as well as foreign universities and institutes.

During the two-day conference in Hanoi, which concludes today, participants noted that despite being a new sector, social work has developed quickly in Viet Nam.

Over the last ten years, over 2,500 students have graduated in social work from more than 40 universities and colleges nationwide.

The students, however, have raised the need for an improved curriculum in social work and the necessity of providing higher-quality lectures.

They added that programmes to attract the participation of individuals and organizations in social work services from Viet Nam and abroad are also required.

A master plan approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in in 2010 officially recognised social work as a profession. The plan was a milestone in the sector's development and created space for social work to thrive at all levels, contributing to building a strong social welfare system.

Under the plan, to remain in effect until 2020, as many as 65,000 social workers will be trained to meet the requirements of the profession. — VNS

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