The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Welfare (MoLISA) on October 9 signed a plan on cooperation in child protection, care and education until 2020.

The cooperation plan aims at enhancing their coordination for effective implementation of tasks in the field, towards the goals of building a safe and friendly environment that ensures equal education and development opportunity for all children.

Numerous tasks have been outlined in the plan, including revising legal documents in the field; building an interdisciplinary cooperation framework at all levels; and improving educators’ capacity in protecting, caring for and educating children.

A workshop was also held on the same day to review the implementation of child protection, care and education at schools in the period from 2010 to 2013 as well as current school health and nutrition situation.

According to MoET’s Student Affairs Department, in the coming time, the ministry will focus on developing the school system, encouraging children to go to school and improving learning quality at all school levels.

More assistance will be provided to poor and ethnic minority areas to develop education.

During 2010-2013, the education sector focused on reforming school curriculum, particularly at preschool level.

A school reinforcement programme was widely implemented with priorities for the poor mountainous areas, building 93,000 new classrooms and 23,140 teachers’ rooms, with total investment capital of over 32 trillion VND (1.5 trillion USD).-VNA