SEAMEO Regional Training Centre (SEAMEO RETRAC), Vietnam

Fiscal Year 2007/2008

  1. House-building for disadvantaged people in Ben Tre Province 2007-2008

The Centre joined hands to partially fund the house-building programme for disadvantaged people of Ben Tre province – a small province in the Mekong Delta – in June of the fiscal year. The project was carried out aiming to support the "hunger elimination, poverty reduction" movement in the community, improving living conditions for the poor people.

  1. Community involvement action programmes

Besides the house building project, additional efforts were made to coordinate the "community outreach campaign" initiated by the Centre. These include:

      1. Blood donation campaign

        To support the call for blood donation campaign of Ho Chi Minh City Red- Cross, the staff members of the Centre joined the whole day event for the donation in October 2007 and June 2008. Recipients of the blood donation programme would be the poor patients of the City and surrounding areas.

      2. Environmental Awareness programme

        The Centre also joined hands with the Youth Association of Ho Chi Minh City to support the "Environment Improvement Programme" which lasted for three days in May 2008. The programme included planting trees in areas surrounding the Centre, raising people's environmental awareness through the information dissemination channels to the Centre's customers and visitors, and participating in the City-Cleans-up weekends.
      3. Fund raising for the floods' victims and the City's poor retired educators

        In order to help the floods' victims in North and Central Vietnam, a one week fund raising programme was initiated and called for donation from the Centre's staff. The donation included monetary, clothing, and food contribution. In addition, a similar fund raising programme was also created to help those who are retired educators and teachers. These two programmes were strongly supported by the Centre's staff and their families during October 2007 and June 2008.

        Fund Raising Activity for Floods Victims and City’s Poor Retired Educators
      4. English training for Ho Chi Minh City Police Department and University of Security

        Aiming at improving the English communicative skills for the police officers to better serve their work, especially in the era of globalization, two three month English training courses were held at the Centre in April 2007 and October 2007. Participants of the training courses had a good opportunity to elaborate the language learning context-situations and hands-on experience projects. Outstanding participants of the courses were also selected for receiving English language training scholarships at the Centre. The scholarship included tuition waiver for another three month English language learning at the Centre.
      5. Improving educational management skills among women and ethnic minority school leaders from disadvantaged areas of Vietnam

        Four training courses in 2007 targeted at school leaders who are women and of ethnic minorities to empower them at work with new knowledge and skills. The training no doubt helps link them together for experience sharing and professional networking.
      6. Field trips to disadvantaged provinces in the Mekong Delta and Central Highlands of Vietnam.

        Those trips were to set up programmes to help those provinces improve their educational quality through the improvement of foreign language teaching, ICT application, and leadership & management skills enhancement. Three hundred gifts were given to poor students from those provinces.
English Training for HCMC Police Department

Details of the donations and contributions:

Description US$ Recipients
Donation for the flood’s victims and poor retired educators 4, 200.00 Victims in North and Central Vietnam
House building for disadvantaged families in Ben Tre Province 5,000.00 Disadvantaged people of the province
Environmental awareness activities 6,000.00 Areas close to the Centre; Centre’s customers and
visitors
English training courses 10,000.00 Officers of Ho Chi Minh City Police Department and
University of Security
Training courses on educational management skills 20,000.00 Women and ethnic minority school leaders from the
disadvantaged areas of
Vietnam
Gifts for poor students 1,000.00 Poor students from disadvantaged provinces in the Mekong Delta and the Central Highlands of Vietnam

 

Fiscal Year 2008/2009

  1. Empowering school administrators from remote and disadvantaged areas of Vietnam with school leadership and management skills

    SEAMEO RETRAC, with financial support from the Belgium Technical Cooperation, offered two training courses in 2008 to empower school administrators from remote and disadvantaged areas of Vietnam with school leadership and management skills. The training also helped link those school administrators for experience sharing and professional networking, promoting mutual exchange and assistance among schools in different regions.

  1. Reaching the un-reached school heads from Tay Nguyen provinces

    From April 21-23, 2009, SEAMEO RETRAC in cooperation with Tay Nguyen University offered a training course on school leadership and management for 33 school heads from Dak Nong, Gia Lai and Kon Tum. provinces.

    The purpose of the training course is to reach the school heads from disadvantaged areas so as to (1) improve their school leadership and management skills, (2) help bridge the gap between those in remote areas and urban areas, and (3) engage experience sharing and networking among the high-school leaders.

  2. Supporting poor teachers in disadvantaged provinces to have a decent family reunion in the traditional New Year 2009

    In the traditional New Year 2008, SEAMEO RETRAC financially supported 200 teachers in four disadvantaged provinces to have a decent family reunion.

  3. House-building for disadvantaged people in Ben Tre Province

    SEAMEO RETRAC joined the house-building project for the poor people in Ben Tre Province – a small province in the Mekong Delta - in 2008. The project is to support the "hunger elimination and poverty reduction" program in poor communities and to help improve the living conditions of poor people.

  4. Others:
    • Fund raising for poor people in Ho Chi Minh City.
    • Blood donation program