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Hanoi, (VNA) - The World Bank-funded “Enhancing teacher education programme” will be carried out in Vietnam to support the country’s education reform efforts through the delivery of continuous professional development to teachers and principals.

The programme will enable general education teachers and principals to master new curricula and pedagogical approaches, and adapt teaching practice to the needs of individual students, the WB confirmed on June 30.

“Vietnam has achieved universal primary education, created better learning conditions in schools, and made considerable progress in expanding the education network,” said Achim Fock, Acting Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam.

“The country is positioning its education system to provide the population with skills and competencies needed for greater value in tomorrow’s economy. With this programme, we are proud to support Vietnam with addressing this next frontier of education development.”

The programme will benefit more than 600,000 general education teachers and principals, or nearly 80 percent of the total number in the country.

They will receive customised and just-in-time training and support through enhanced school-based training and internet-based distance-learning and support network.

The learning management system will not only facilitate distance learning but also serve as a portal to a large resource library, a social media platform for teachers and principals, a web-based classroom, and help desks. A training and support needs assessment system will also be established to help adapt services to teacher needs.

The programme will finance a selected number of leading teacher training universities, which will serve as the stewards of the new continuous professional development system.

These universities will train and support core teachers and principals, conduct applied research, and analyse the evaluations of teacher needs and the impact of continuous professional development intervention.-VNA