World Bank to lend Vietnam $95 mln for education reform

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Luong Thi Cuc, a teacher of Hang Gang Kindergarten in Pa Hu Commune, Tram Tau District, Yen Bai Province, takes the kids to a playground. Photo: Mai Thanh Hai Luong Thi Cuc, a teacher of Hang Gang Kindergarten in Pa Hu Commune, Tram Tau District, Yen Bai Province, takes the kids to a playground. Photo: Mai Thanh Hai

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World Bank has approved a loan of US$95 million for a Vietnamese education reform program that supports the delivery of continuous professional development to teachers and principals.
The World Bank-funded Enhancing Teacher Education Program will benefit more than 600,000 general education teachers and principals, or nearly 80 percent of the total number in the country.
The teachers and principals will receive customized and just-in-time training and support through enhanced school-based training and an Internet-based distance-learning and support network, according to a press release issued by the bank Thursday.
The learning management system will not only facilitate distance learning, but also serve as a portal to a large resource library, a social media platform for teachers and principals, web-based classroom observation, and help desks.
The program also supports the establishment of a training and support needs assessment system that can help adapt services to teacher needs.
“Vietnam has achieved universal primary education, created better learning conditions in schools, and made considerable progress in expanding the education network,” Achim Fock, acting country director for the World Bank in Vietnam, said.
“The country is now positioning its education system to provide the population with skills and competencies needed for greater value in tomorrow’s economy. With this program, we are proud to support Vietnam with addressing this next frontier of education development.”
The program will finance improvements to a select number of leading teacher training universities which will lead the new continuous professional development system.
They will train and support Core Teachers and Principals, conduct applied research, and analyze evaluations of teacher needs and the impact of continuous professional development interventions.
World Bank has approved a loan of $95 million for a Vietnamese education reform program that supports the delivery of continuous professional development to teachers and principals.
The World Bank-funded Enhancing Teacher Education Program will benefit more than 600,000 general education teachers and principals, or nearly 80 percent of the total number in the country.
The teachers and principals will receive customized and just-in-time training and support through enhanced school-based training and an Internet-based distance-learning and support network, according to a press release issued by the bank Thursday.
The learning management system will not only facilitate distance learning, but also serve as a portal to a large resource library, a social media platform for teachers and principals, web-based classroom observation, and help desks.
The program also supports the establishment of a training and support needs assessment system that can help adapt services to teacher needs.
Vietnam has achieved universal primary education, created better learning conditions in schools, and made considerable progress in expanding the education network,” Achim Fock, acting country director for the World Bank in Vietnam, said.
“The country is now positioning its education system to provide the population with skills and competencies needed for greater value in tomorrow’s economy. With this program, we are proud to support Vietnam with addressing this next frontier of education development.”
The program will finance improvements to a select number of leading teacher training universities which will lead the new continuous professional development system.
They will train and support Core Teachers and Principals, conduct applied research, and analyze evaluations of teacher needs and the impact of continuous professional development interventions.

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