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Major expansion for new school model

Update: October, 03/2014 - 08:30
The model was applied at 1,747 primary schools during the last school year.— Photo /

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Viet Nam Escuela Nueva Project, a school model in which teachers serve as facilitators and parents and other community members are more involved, is being expanded to 600 more primary schools around the country this year, a senior education official, said.

The model was applied at 1,747 primary schools during the last school year.

It creates opportunities for students to conduct their own learning activities with teachers' support, Assoc Prof Pham Quang Hung, acting director general of Ministry of Education and Training's International Cooperation Department, told a Southeast Asian education forum last Saturday.

Students manage their classes through self-management councils and are encouraged to express their viewpoints and differences.

Moreover, they are expected to learn independently, perform self-management activities and self-assessment, and are inspired to reach their full potential and acquire necessary capacities and qualities.

Every student in a class is required to play a certain role in carrying out the council's tasks ranging from making plans to putting them into action, Hung said.

Individuals take the initiative in researching, experiencing, and exploring before sharing their knowledge in pairs and teams.

Hung said the model aims to "learn to know; learn to do; learn to live in harmony; and learn to survive."

"It is very important that the model develops 21st century skills for students including learning independently and self-managing; critical thinking and problem solving; communicating and co-operating; and using language and doing calculations."

The forum also heard about experiences related to improving education and skills of students in other countries in Southeast Asia.

The Educational Forum on Innovations in Teaching Life-Skills and 21st Century Skills at Basic Education: Best Practices from Different Countries in the Southeast Asian Region is held by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation's Regional Training Centre. — VNS

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