After 2 years of implementation, 108,000 children from disadvantaged areas can improve their learning efficiency thanks to access to Applied Informatics and Computer Science programs.
Hanoi, April 20th, 2018 - After observing her classmate often use one hand or one finger to type, Bui Thanh Tam - student of class 9A, Thuong Coc Secondary School (Hoa Binh) programmed a learning game "Typing Practice Program". In Thai Nguyen, Hoang Duy Tien, student of 9D, Nam Hoa Secondary School, created a program called "Traffic Safety" to help his classmate learn about how to use transport safely and legally, in a more fun and accessible way than regular theory lessons. Tam and Tien are just two out of thousands of students who are accessing and initially applying computer science to improve learning efficiency and solve problems of life in mountainous and rural areas of Vietnam.
Mountainous and rural areas have to face up with many challenges of development and integration. In that context, information technology (IT) education is seen as one of the important keys to help people change their lives and not be left behind in the industrial revolution 4.0. Meanwhile, because of the difficult economic and social conditions, the students - future local working generation do not have opportunities to access to advanced educational programs. Since 2016, with the purpose of creating conditions for students in difficult areas to learn the modern and updated informatics educational program, Department of Information Technology - Ministry of Education and Training, Microsoft Vietnam and Vietnet Information Technology and Communication Center (Vietnet-ICT) coordinate to implement the project "Enhance Information Techonology (IT) skills for youths to integrate and develop" in difficult areas of 12 provinces/ cities. Aiming at providing knowledge and skills to help students not only use technology proficiently but also create technology, the project has developed Applied Informatics and Computer Science programs to organize pilot lessons in extra class, covering topics about IT Applications, Film Editing, 2D-3D Graphics, 2D-3D Programming and Internet Safety. The output marks the project's success in narrowing the digital gap, arousing passion, improving knowledge and skills in computer science, applying information technology to the youth in difficult areas.
Bui Thanh Tam - the author of program "Typing Practice Program" shared: "This program helps me to practice my hands and my agility, and improve my learning results. I am happy to help others who have interest in computer like me. I hope this program can be applied to all classes in the school and spread to other schools, give opportunities for students to improve skills and access technology products for integration and development."
"Typing Practice Program" and "Traffic Safety"
"After nearly 2 years of implementation, the project has been widely spread and changed remarkably. In 12 provinces / cities where the project is implemented: Hoa Binh, Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, An Giang, Ho Chi Minh City, about 1,500 teachers and 108,000 students from 421 schools got acquaintance to Applied Informatics and Computer Science with new and interesting content and training methods. Thanks to the positive effectiveness of the proram, and the knowledge can be practically applied, many agencies are actively self-tranined to replicate the project in localities" - Ms. Ngo Minh Trang, Deputy Director of Vietnet-ICT said.
Mr. Pham The Truong - General Director of Microsoft Vietnam shared: "Microsoft is proud to accompany with organizer in this project. We hope to continue to support youths in difficult areas, bring opportunities to access IT and computer science profoundly, and also replicate IT education initiatives within the framework of YouthSpark in Vietnam."
Mr. To Hong Nam, Deputy Director General of IT Department said "The project results strongly support the teaching of informatics in schools, open opportunities to access IT skills, bring opportunities for students in difficult areas to access IT and give them to passion. This is also experiment for a new teaching method in school. The project's output and experiences are meant to support, innovate, complete and implement the Informatics program following the upcoming new school program".
Preliminary workshop of "Enhancing IT skills for youths to integrate and develop - phase 2" is held in Hanoi on April 20, 2018 with the venue support from Hanoi Melia Hotel.
Mr. Nguyen Son Hai - Director General of Information & Technology Department, Ministry of Education and Training delivers the opening speech
Representatives of Department of Education and Training received certificate and medal of the project