The success of the ICT project has truly inspired and spread joy to all members of ChildFund Vietnam. Behind such a project idea is the effort of many individuals who have contributed and supported throughout the whole process. Today, let’s meet two representative members to listen to their sharing about their recent memorable journey!
Hello Ms. Tam and Mr. Linh! Congratulations to you and other members on the success of the ICT project. For both of you personally, what does this project mean to you?
Ms. Tam: The first emotion I felt was “I overcame myself! Wow!” Technology is a challenging field for a “senior” and “low-tech” person like myself. Therefore, designing an ICT project as the technical lead and being successful with it, for me, is a milestone.
My second thought was “There is our opportunity!”. While we have had several opportunities in previous years regarding Education, we have not been able to grasp them yet. For instance, in 2020, Sydney planned to expand the digital library pilot project in Vietnam, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was terminated. In 2021, we coordinated with the Library for All organisation to apply for a funding package from UNICEF Vietnam to digitise reading materials for ethnic minority students. This project was also unsuccessful for many reasons.
Mr. Linh: Before sharing my own feelings, I think the success of this ICT project will be very meaningful to thousands of children residing in our project areas, as well as teachers, school leaders, and people in the community. Better learning opportunities will certainly have a great impact on students’ lives and career opportunities in the future.
Back to ChildFund, I believe this project has opened up a new field for us, a new approach that might be challenging but can also offer us the chance to build our capacity to operate more broadly in the field of education in particular and in new project areas in general. As for me personally, I see this as a recognition for the efforts spent throughout the preparation process. Hopefully in the near future we will be able to add more projects to our list of achievements. With each project, I hope more and more people will be benefited, and we can make great impact on community and society.
As I know, this success of you and other members has gone through many challenges. Can you share so that everyone can better understand such them?
Ms. Tam: The biggest challenge for me is the tight deadline. In fact, we only had about 10 days for concept notes and three weeks for a full proposal. Besides, ChildFund Korea is always strict on deadlines. We also wanted to apply two project ideas at the same time. In other words, we had to divide our staff into two teams to build two concept notes in parallel.
On top of that, the application of information and communication technology (ICT) in education can be considered a new field for us, so the team is not really experienced in designing projects in this field.
Mr. Linh: It is true that the whole team had to go through many difficulties. The first one was time pressure. There were stages where the whole team only had a few days to complete, so everyone actually had to work during evenings and weekends to keep up the progress.
Then, we had to ensure good coordination between personnel involved in the design team. With each change in our designs, consultation and consensus were always required in order to synchronise our information.
Finally, the partner participation in the design stage was also a big challenge. Because in just a short time, we need quick and effective information exchange so that our partners can understand ChildFund’s working mechanism. For ChildFund, we also also need to understand how to implement project activities with our partner’s participation. In general, to achieve this success, the whole team had to put in a lot of effort to overcome such big challenges.
Are there any memorable experiences or lessons you want to share with us?
Ms. Tam: The hustle and bustle working atmosphere of the participating members, especially on final days, is what impressed me the most. It is like a construction site about to enter the final phase. Messages on team groups, skype calls, and emails were exchanged back and forth even in the evenings. Such atmosphere reflects the spirit of determination and enthusiastic participation of all departments, not just the Education or Business Development team. At the same time, we also realised that we need to further improve coordination between departments from Management, Fundraising, to the Program/Technical team.
The second lesson, although not new, still needs to be emphasised because it is important in the organisation’s new strategy. That is finding partners to jointly design projects in new areas that we are not experienced in. Identifying such partners is very necessary and important because it not only complements what we lack in terms of ideas/expertise but also actualises our localisation & partnership strategy, acting as a “highlight” to attract sponsors. In this ICT project, the team was also aware of this and tried to find experts and partners to participate in project design from the very beginning. In fact, our partners did participate enthusiastically and contribute a lot of information and ideas to the project design. However, they have not been able to become partners as we hoped or expected. We need to prepare carefully and well enough for this in future projects!
Mr. Linh: For me, perhaps the most valuable experience is learning how to distribute workload within the team effectively and being able to coordinate with each other at important times. This is because building a project design must definitely be completed by teamwork, requiring the participation and contributions of many people. Mobilising combined capacity is not simple. After this practical experience, I think I will have valuable materials to be able to build a more effective process and coordination mechanism within the team and aim for other successes in the future.
Thank you very much for representing other members in sharing your stories. Wishing you and your team will have more breakthroughs and achievement in the journey ahead!
THE TRAINING SESSION ON DECREE 13/2023/ND-CP
News by: Nguyen Thi Minh An – Project Coordinator
The training session on Decree 13/2023/ND-CP of the Government on personal data security organised by the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights…
THE VIETNAM CYBER SAFETY FOR CHILDREN CLUB
News by: Do Duong Hien – Online Safety Specialist
To strengthen the connection between relevant parties and further promote online child protection, Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA)…
At the launching ceremony, Mr. Do Duong Hien, Online Safety Specialist of ChildFund Vietnam has participated in the panel discussion “Supporting children to prevent fraud, online bullying and Internet addiction”, along with representatives from the Department of Child Affairs, Department of Information Security and other organisations and businesses.
FUN SUMMER WITH CHILDREN IN QUYET CHIEN COMMUNE
News by: Nguyen Manh Cuong – Project Officer
To finalise the “Safe Summer” campaign and welcome the new school year, the Youth Union of Quyet Chien commune, Tan Lac district, Hoa Binh province…
Mid-Autumn Festival is always a special day for children. This is an opportunity for children to prepare trays of five fruits, carry lanterns together and immerse themselves in the bustling drums of the lion dance. This Mid-Autumn Festival 2023, children living in ChildFund Vietnam’s project areas have had a lot of fun. Let’s take a look at the beautiful images of this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival!
Recently, a sharing session about rapid instructional design was organised in Hanoi Office. Facilitators of this session were Nguyen Thi Ha Lan – SEL Officer, Hanoi Office, Hoang Van Hung – Project Coordinator , Bac Kan Office, Ly Thi Phuong – Project Officer, Cao Bang Office, and Nguyen Manh Cuong – Project Officer, Hoa Binh Office.
The goal of this sharing session is to bring lessons learned about rapid instructional design to ChildFund members and create a space for everyone to discuss new ideas. After taking part in the session, ChildFund members aim to further improve the effectiveness and quality of our training programs – an extremely important component that actively contributes to our project activities.
Similar sharing sessions were held at Hoa Binh & Cao Bang offices, while another one is expected to take place in Bac Kan Office in the near future.
Bo Khai vegetable has many different names. It is also a vegetable that is abundant in some northern mountainous provinces, typically in Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces.
Bo Khai is very familiar to ethnic people. This vegetable has leaves quite similar to spinach, but the tops are round and fat like chayote tops. The tops and young leaves of Bo Khai are often used for vegetable dishes in daily meals such as boiled, stir-fried with meat, cooked into soup, etc. The flavor of Bo Khai is very distinct. This delicious dish attracts a lot of diners because of its sweetness that remains on the tip of their tongue.
To end this month’s newsletter, join us in answering a few questions related to our ICT project! Let’s get started!
Questions are based on the Survey on Sustainable Development Goals for Children and Women in Vietnam, UNICEF, 2022 & Child Right Working Group report, 2021
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