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Remote School Gets National Recognition With Help From GVIFebruary 24, 2011
A remote, disadvantaged primary school in the mountains of Lao Cai province, Vietnam attained the National Standard thanks to efforts from GVI-NorthWood volunteers. Mr. Ha Van Sang, vice-director of Bac Ha district’s Department Of Education and Training (DOET), personally called GVI’s Hanoi office to say that Nam Mon Primary School 1 had passed an inspection and evaluation by the National Education Committee. In doing so, the school will receive a Certificate of National Standard. Mr. Sang also thanked GVI for its efforts and contributions.
Nam Mon community leaders will hold an official event on March 16, 2011 to mark the prestigious occasion of receiving the Certificate, which demonstrates attainment of the first national standard. GVI representatives have been invited to deliver speeches to celebrate the partnership between the international NGO, government entities and the community.
NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas began partnering with Nam Mon Primary School I to improve its infrastructure by installing a water filtration system and teaching health and hygiene classes in October 2009. This was followed by building a new kitchen, paving the school yard, providing a computer lab and rebuilding the school’s gate and main entrance and donating winter coats.
Nam Mon Primary School I is the third school to meet national standards as a result of efforts by GVI volunteer partners. Cool River Church in Superior, Colorado has helped Ta Chai Middle School and Bao Nhai Middle School to meet the national standard in 2008 and 2010, primarily by donating and installing computer labs and also by donating water filtration systems.
A volunteer team from NorthWood will travel to Lao Cai in March 2011 to build buffalo corrals, teach English, Health and Hygiene and monitor a microloan program. The team will be one of three volunteer teams going to Vietnam in March, 2011.
The First National Standard recognizes the efforts of local people and the district government in creating better education services and a better academic environment for students that meet goals outlined in the national strategy. It is based on five criteria: management, teacher capability, educational development, educational quality and infrastructure. GVI has focused its efforts at improving the infrastructure of several Lao Cai schools through volunteer activities such as donating computer labs, providing running water, building latrines and paving school yards.
The First National Standard describes basic standards for overall quality in education. The Second National Standard describes higher benchmarks aimed at motivating schools to be competitive with regional (eg. ASEAN) and international academic standards.
More pictures of GVI's work at Nam Mon Primary School and other projects in Vietnam can be found here.