STORY OF THE MONTH

Heartwarming and beautiful moments from our offices in March

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TIN TIN TICK & TALK

Hot news in March

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CULTURE CORNER

The unique melody of “Then” singing in Bac Kan and Cao Bang

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DID YOU KNOW?

Colours and their influence on our mood and productivity

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STORY OF THE MONTH

HEARTWARMING AND BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS
FROM OUR OFFICES IN MARCH

ūüéČIn addition to meaningful activities to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, in the past month, ChildFund offices in Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Hoa Binh, and Hanoi also organised birthday parties filled with joy and surprises for staff members whose birthdays fall in this month/quarter ūüéā

Let’s go back in time and revisit those special moments through the short video below!

TIN TIN TICK & TALK

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Project ‚ÄúEmpowering digital learning for all‚ÄĚ officially launched in Tan Lac district, Hoa Binh province

News by: Nguyen Manh Cuong – Project Officer

The project aims to support communities in creating a convenient, safe, and equitable digital learning…

The project aims to support communities in creating a convenient, safe, and equitable digital learning environment for vulnerable children, from which they can develop necessary capacities for the 21st century. Funded by ChildFund Korea through ChildFund Vietnam, the project will be implemented in the period 2023-2026.
 
At the project implementation meeting held on 1 March, information about the project as well as coordination methods were discussed between the Non-Governmental Project Management Board of Tan Lac district and ChildFund Vietnam and project partners, including representatives of the Department of Education and Training of Hoa Binh and Bac Kan provinces, the Department of Education and Training of Tan Lac, Thach An, and Ngan Son districts, representatives from VNPT Hoa Binh, and from schools in the project area.
 
With the participation and commitment of relevant parties, the project ‚ÄúEmpowering digital learning for all‚ÄĚ is expected to be implemented effectively and successfully, supporting local communities to implement digital transformation in education, creating favourable conditions for ethnic minority children to access advanced and modern education.
 
Read more about this event here.
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ChildFund continues to support Na Ri Organisation of People with Disability to build capacity in monitoring, evaluation, and learning

News by: Vu Minh Hoang – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

In March 2023, ChildFund Vietnam coordinated with the Na Ri district Organisation of People with Disability (OPD) to share and provide guidance on topics of monitoring, evaluating¬†and learning for the OPD’s Executive Committee and key representatives from 17 communes and 1 town of Na Ri district, Bac Kan province.
 
In addition to methods in monitoring and evaluating the Association’s activities, ChildFund also discussed with members on how to plan the Association’s activities to include health examinations for people with disability, how to build integration programs for children with disability, and ways to improve the livelihood of people with disability in the area.
 
ChildFund Vietnam commits to continue accompanying the Na Ri OPD to share capacity and improve their operational efficiency in providing care and support for children and people with disability.
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Training on operating supporting room for inclusive education for teachers and school managers in Bac Kan province

News by: Ly Thi Phuong – Project Officer

On 12 and 13 March, two trainings on…

On 12 and 13 March, two trainings on “Operating supporting room for inclusive education” were organised for 58 school managers and teachers of children with disability in Quang Hoa and Na Ri districts, Bac Kan province.
 
After the training,¬†participants have understood how to re-establish learning corners in the supporting room for inclusive education to create excitement for children. Children’s participation is also a focus in all group or individual intervention lessons for children with disability through the concretisation of children’s favorite objects.
 
Ms. Ha Thi Hong, Deputy Principal of Dong Da kindergarten shared: “With this way of learning, children will be more engaged and know their learning progress. In addition, teachers also provide them with rewards. If a student obeys the classroom rules well, answers correctly or fulfils the requirements of an exercise, he or she will be awarded a star or a smiley face”.
 
Ms. Nong Thi Bich Ngoc – Education and Training Department Officer at district level also shared: “Thanks to this training, teachers will be able to perform better, contributing to the success of inclusive education at educational institutions.‚ÄĚ
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ChildFund Vietnam participates in the workshop “Towards a quality education from the perspective of strategic planning for equity and inclusion”¬†

News by: Ton Thi Tam – Education Specialist

On 14 March, 2024, in Hanoi, ChildFund Vietnam actively participated and presented at the Workshop “Towards a quality education from the perspective of strategic planning for equity and inclusion” organised by the Vietnam Institute of Educational¬†Sciences (under the Ministry of Education and Training) in collaboration with the Vietnam National Committee for UNESCO in a hybrid form. This workshop is a pivotal component of a series of initiatives aimed at shaping the Education Development Strategy for 2022 to 2030 and envisioning education goals for 2045.
 
Attendees included policymakers, experts, educators, and related parties from the Central Propaganda Department, Government Office, research institutes and universities, Departments of Education and Training, international organisations, domestic and international NGOs, embassies, and organisations of/for people with disabilities. It is estimated that 80 delegates attended in person, with an additional 300 participating online.
 
Education Specialist from ChildFund Vietnam, Ms. Ton Tam presented a discussion titled “Improve access to quality inclusive education for children with disabilities in ethnic minority areas – Practical insights from ChildFund‚Äôs projects”. The presentation introduced the inclusive education projects “My Right to Education” that ChildFund has implemented in Cao Bang and Bac Kan, emphasising key interventions, outcomes, challenges and solutions in supporting children with disabilities to access quality education in disadvantaged areas.
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Seven training courses for “SEL Squads” in Hoa Binh province

News by: Ung Thi Hien – Project Officer

On 15 and 17 March, seven training sessions to promote social-emotional learning (SEL) under the project “Health and wellbeing for students” were organised…

On 15 and 17 March, seven training sessions to promote social-emotional learning (SEL) under the project “Health and wellbeing for students” were organised for the “SEL Squads”, which consist of students from seven secondary schools in Hoa Binh¬†province.
 
During the sessions, the “SEL Squads” discussed and selected issues related to health, mental health, emotions, etc. From the chosen issues, they will brainstorm ideas and plan the implementation of SEL projects lasting approximately 3 to 5 weeks. Following the training, they will collaborate to execute the projects under the guidance and support of team leaders and teachers.
 
By implementing the projects, the students will be able to practice their SEL knowledge. Periodically, the “SEL Squad” will meet to summarise and share with each other about what they learned.
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Coordination planning meeting between relevant parties to support children and people with disability in Cao Bang province

News by: Ly Thi Phuong – Project Officer

On 27 March, a coordination planning meeting…

On 27 March, a coordination planning meeting between relevant parties to support children and people with disability was held in Hanh Phuc commune, Quang Hoa district, Cao Bang province.
 
This activity was supported by the “My Right to Education”¬†project and received the participation of 50 delegates from relevant organisations and agencies such as the district and provincial Departments of Education for Children with Disability, the district Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Councils to determine the level of disability in communes within the project area, etc. Together, participants discussed solutions to help build an inclusive and equal living environment for children and people with disability in Hanh Phuc commune.
 
Participating as a consultant at the meeting, Ms. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Director of the Action to the Community Development Institute (ACDC) shared: “Communication is necessary to promote the rights of children and people with disability locally. Communes need to focus on early detection to have appropriate interventions during the golden time for children at risk of disability, this is a good opportunity for children to recover and later on integrate into the community”.

CULTURE CORNER

THE UNIQUE MELODY OF "THEN" SINGING
IN BAC KAN AND CAO BANG

It would be a shame to talk about culture in Bac Kan and Cao Bang provinces without mentioning the unique melody of “Then” singing and Dan Tinh, an indispensible instrument of “Then” singing. This is a traditional form of performance art of the Tay, Nung, and Cao Lan ethnic groups. The harmonious combination of “Then” singing (Hat Then), sounds from the Dan Tinh and dice strings makes any “Then” singing performance an unforgettable experience for listeners.

Hat Then Dan Tinh is often performed during festivals and local cultural and artistic exchanges. In addition, it is also performed in spiritual events to pray for good harvests and blessings, or to express people’s feelings such as romantic love, love for the homeland, etc.

In Bac Kan province today, Hat Then Dan Tinh is still regularly performed for the public to preserve and promote the unique culture of the locality. UNESCO has also recognised Then singing by the Tay, Nung, and Thai ethnic communities as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Want to experience Hat Then Dan Tinh for yourself? Click on the video on the right and have a listen!

DID YOU KNOW?

Colours have to power to not only beautify the world around us but also affect how we feel and perform at the work place.

Join us to learn about the effects of some colors and apply them to increase your own productivity! You can decorate your desk with these colors, set them as your phone wallpaper, or simply use these colors to mix and match your outfits.

Green provides a sense of balance between physical, mental, and emotional aspects, reducing visual strain and anxiety. Green is commonly used in workspaces to create a relaxed and focused environment.

Yellow is associated with sunlight, positively affecting confidence, stimulating creativity, and increasing feelings of positivity and enthusiasm. In the workplace, yellow is often used to create focal points, stimulate thinking, and enhance work morale.

Blue is linked to intellect, boosting confidence and laying the groundwork for effective communication. Blue is often chosen as the dominant color for offices to create a professional and serene working environment.

White creates a sense of expanded, airy space. White is commonly used to create a bright and spacious workspace, enhancing feelings of freedom and comfort.

Red has a strong physical impact and can increase brain wave activity, making it suitable as an accent color for negotiation spaces and activities that require decisiveness and dynamism.

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