language society celebrates 70th birthday
HA NOI — Deputy Prime
Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan called on the whole of society to take responsibility
for developing the country’s culture and learning, making the comments at a
ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of establishment of the Society for
Promotion of the Quoc Ngu (National Script).
Nhan said the task to
raise the people’s cultural competence was not the sole responsibility of the
educational ministry but of the entire society.
Since early 20th century,
the Quoc Ngu script, which had replaced the Han (Chinese) and nom scripts
to become the official written Vietnamese script, has evolved. The process to
complete the script has seen great contributions by intellectuals and scholars
such as Huynh Tinh Cua, Nguyen Van Vinh, Phan Ke Binh, Nguyen Do Muc, Luong Van
Can, Nguyen Quyen, and especially Nguyen Van To, the society’s first
The ceremony was also a
chance to commemorate and review the life and causes of Nguyen Van To.
Nhan said the most
important lesson from To’s life and achievements was that he had patriotically
and actively popularised the national language to fulfil the task of
intellectuals and make a great contribution to the cause of liberation and
building of the country.
Nhan said the lesson was
still relevant and valuable now. He said, the Ministry of Education and Training
had to raise its responsibility and further boost the generalisation of
educational to reach the target of universalising junior secondary school in the
country by 2010. — VNS