Vietnam primary education receives aid for "New School' project

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The Global Partnership for Education has given US$84.6 million in non-refundable aid to an educational project aimed at transforming Vietnamese primary schools, Vietnam News Agency reported Thursday.

The money will be used to help 1,147 primary schools in 63 cities and provinces across Vietnam establish a new educational model known as the Vietnam Escuela Nueva, an adaptation of Columbia's well known and extensively researched Escuela Nueva curriculum.

The Ministry of Education and Training has been tasked with administering the project over the next three years.

The ministry's Primary Education Department expects the new education model to replace traditional teaching methods in the country's schools.

Under the project, students will be encouraged to do more self-study, while teachers will act as supervisors. There will also be far less reliance on rote learning.

Priority will be given to 20 disadvantaged provinces which have a high percentage of ethnic minority students.

Initiated in 1975 in rural Colombia, Escuela Nueva (New School) is a learning model set up in response to problems of incomplete schooling, high dropout rates, weak relationships between schools and communities, low morale among teachers, ineffective teacher training and a lack of learning materials.

Since then, it has been adapted to urban and migrant populations and has been adopted by 16 countries, reaching over 5 million children.

Escuela Nueva provides a cost-effective, replicable and scalable solutions to improve the quality of primary education in schools with low-income students. Through its child-centered and collaborative learning approach, it transforms the traditional classroom and promotes entrepreneurial skills.

It impacts the entire education system from the bottom-up by involving all stakeholders and from the top-down by through influencing educational policies in a fundamental way.

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