The “La main à la pâte” (Learning by doing) pedagogic methodology is expected to be applied across primary schools in Vietnam by 2015 as training courses are underway.

Created by a French Nobel Laureate in Physics (1992) Georges Charpak, this inquiry-based science technique allows teachers to help their students acquire and approach a range of knowledge and information in an active manner. It is popular in France.

On August 14, some 54 officials and teachers from teachers’ training universities and colleges nationwide began learning this methodology in central Binh Dinh province.

They are coached by French experts Maryvonne Stallaerts and Elisabeth Plé during the course, which has been jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and Training and the Association Rencontres du Vietnam.

As many as 1,500 officials and teachers across the country have been trained in the “La main à la pâte” method since it was introduced to Vietnam in 2002.-VNA