|Professor Dr Teuchi Akitoshi from Japan's University of Tsukuba said Japan had a widespread system of kominkan that enabled people to learn throughout their lifetime. — Photo sggp
HCM CITY (VNS) — A Vietnamese education official claims that despite some great achievements, only 30 per cent of the hundreds of the nation's community-based learning centres (CLCs) based on the Japanese kominkan model are working effectively.
The official, Nguyen Cong Hinh, is the director of the Ministry of Education and Training's Continuing Education Department.
Hinh told a workshop attended by delegates from Southeast Asian nations in HCM City yesterday that the rapid expansion of community-based learning centres had helped eradicate illiteracy, improved education and helped alleviate poverty.
Japanese experiences at implementing CLCs were shared at the workshop.
The CLCs, or kominkan, are credited with helping Japan rise from a defeated, war-torn country to a global power within 20 years.
Professor Dr Teuchi Akitoshi from Japan's University of Tsukuba said Japan had a widespread system of kominkan that enabled people to learn throughout their lifetime.
The centres also ran technical and cultural activities, helping consolidate community solidarity, he added.
Introduced in Viet Nam in 1997, there are now about 11,000 CLCs throughout the nation.
However, Hinh admitted that many were handicapped by the limited capacity of centre managers, monotonous activities, the shortage of learning material, as well as the lax co-ordination between universities and CLCs.
Education experts at the workshop called for better-trained staff at the centres, adapting learning activities to local conditions, mobilising all local resources for the work, and learning from overseas expertise.
The two-day function was co-organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation's Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning. — VNS