The Vietnamese Party and State have paid special attention to the role of the family in education and nursery schooling in particular, a Party official has said.

Dr. Truong Minh Tuan, deputy head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission of Popularisation and Education, was addressing an international conference on preschool education in Monterrey, Mexico from October 22-28.

The event drew the participation of more than 2,000 delegates from 27 countries and territories across the world.

Tuan cited the Vietnamese Family Day (June 28) to prove his views, saying Vietnam was the first country in Asia and the second in the world to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on February 20, 1990.

The Vietnamese Government also approved an education development strategy during the 2011-2020 period, emphasising universal education for children aged over five, and a 2020 Vietnamese family development strategy with a vision towards 2030.

After reviewing Vietnam’s major achievements in preschool education, Tuan pointed to the negative impacts of international integration on Vietnamese families such as the increasing numbers of street children and children who break the law, sexual abuse, prostitution and drug use in children.

Domestic education plays a significant role in preventing such social evils, he said, stressing the need for parents to equip themselves with knowledge about this and for the State to improve the public’s awareness of domestic violence.

Earlier, Tuan attended the third meeting of the semi-global network of senators and former senators on preschool education, during which he proposed the global expansion of the network.

During their stay in Mexico, the Vietnamese delegation met with General Secretary of the Mexican Labour Party Alberto Anaya Gutierrez, who is also the network’s president and President of the Mexico-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group.

The delegates also had working sessions with experts in preschool education from Mexico and other countries, and visited a nursery school.-VNA