"Our teaching methods have improved a lot thanks to Aide et Action

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In Vietnam, Aide et Action is working with teachers in remote areas to strengthen their capacities. The objective is to improve education for marginalized children. In just one year, the primary school in Nung Nang has already made progress!

For the past year, Aide et Action has been working with the Nung Nang primary school in Lai Chau province, northwestern Vietnam. The project consists of training teachers on how to provide quality education to ethnic minority children.

There are many barriers to quality education. Most parents of students have not had the opportunity to complete their education and find it difficult to help their children with their homework, even though they often need extra support. In addition, teachers face a communication problem as the students' mother tongue is Hmong but the curriculum is taught in Vietnamese.

A positive change for students and teachers

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In response to these challenges, the activities developed within the school, which currently has 373 students (99% of whom belong to the Hmong minority), are: acquiring active and adapted learning materials; setting up extracurricular classes; facilitating discussions between parents, teachers and local authorities; developing bilingual materials; and strengthening the quality of teaching in the regular classes.

" Our teaching methods have improved a lot since we joined the Aide et Action projectexplains the headmaster of the Nung Nang school. Our pupils are the first to benefit. They can now read and write better. In books they also learn their own culture, which is very important. "

Thi Hang, a second grade teacher, has also noticed changes. " My students are more confident and enjoy coming to school. They express themselves with more ease, especially in Vietnamese. "But change is also taking place among teachers. " Before the project, many teachers were only concerned with results, but now we are much more concerned with learning as a whole. Personally, I'm interested in what children learn outside their books, the development of their personality..."  

Nung Nang Primary School is a good example of the change that can happen through the promotion of more inclusive and quality education.

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