Measures sought to help OVs preserve mother tongue hinh anh 1A seminar was held in HCM City on January 6 to seek measures to help OVs preserve mother tongue (Photo VNA)

HCM City (VNA) –
Teaching and learning Vietnamese has long been a big demand of the overseas Vietnamese community in order to preserve the homeland’s traditional cultural values, heard a seminar held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 6.

Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Truong Thi Ngoc Anh said the Party and State have promulgated a number of policies in the field, especially for younger generations.

The committee is willing to work with relevant agencies to seek diverse methods to improve the efficiency of teaching and learning Vietnamese for Vietnamese expatriates as well as increase their cultural and spiritual life.

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc said his ministry has compiled two books tilted “Tieng Viet vui” (Vietnamese is fun) for youths and children and “Que Viet” (Vietnamese homeland) for adults, and posted them on the website

The ministry has coordinated with the State Commission on Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to open training courses for teachers and send lecturers to schools in neighbouring countries.

The ministry will build a six-level Vietnamese programme and upgrade the two aforesaid books in addition to compiling teaching documents for Vietnamese abroad, providing more training courses and launching a teaching portal.

Vice Chairman of the SCOV Luong Thanh Nghi said the committee will actively support the building of infrastructure, textbooks and reference documents and organise summer camps for Vietnamese expats to learn their language.

In 2018, the committee will open training courses for Vietnamese teachers in disadvantaged areas of Cambodia and Laos, he added.

During the workshop, the panels suggested developing online courses and diversifying community activities using Vietnamese in the host countries.-VNA