|An English class at Liên Bảo Primary School, Vĩnh Yên City, the northern province of Vĩnh Phúc. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thảo|
HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam has signed a decision approving a programme to improve foreign language skills among Vietnamese children and youngsters in the 2022-2030 period, with the aim of equipping them with the abilities necessary to promote international integration.
At least 10 million people aged 6-30 are expected to engage in and benefit from the programme by 2030.
Under the programme, chapters of the Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union at all levels nationwide should conduct at least one activity to raise public awareness about learning and practicing foreign languages, especially English, to promote international integration among young people.
By 2030, at least one foreign language and international integration club is planned for every university, college and high school, and at Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union committees at provincial and district levels.
In order to complete these goals, the programme offers a number of solutions, including designing mechanisms for children and youngsters, especially young officials, to improve their foreign language skills and international integration capacity, providing learning materials for them, and effectively investing in youth foreign relations and international integration.
Starting this academic year, English has become a compulsory school subject for students from third to 12th grades in Việt Nam. The 100-million-strong country is currently ranked 60th out of 111 countries and territories for English proficiency, according to a ranking issued earlier this month by EF Education First. — VNS