Since 13 February 2020, schools in Vietnam have been closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although no new cases have been reported, a series of measures affecting education continue to be implemented.
In response to the coronavirus epidemic, Aide et Action is working closely with schools in the affected areas in Vietnam to ensure that the interests of the most marginalized children are protected. Since 2016, we have been working in Lai Chau, on the border with China, to improve access to healthcare and ensure quality early childhood education for ethnic minority children. With the closure of schools confirmed until mid-March, project manager Inès Provoost is concerned that the most marginalised children will be the ones most affected.
Promoting learning at home
" Our activities are currently suspended due to travel restrictions, but we are working with local schools and teachers in the villages of Lai Chau to mitigate the impact of the emergency measures where possibleexplains Ines. We are in regular contact with schools to help them provide advice to children and families to promote learning at home. "At primary school level, teachers share lesson plans with children and regularly monitor their work via phone calls, social networks, or home visits when possible.
We are monitoring the situation closely, and are available to advise schools on best practice for the safety and well-being of children.