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Teach for Vietnam joins Teach for All Network
Bao Uyen
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Teach for Vietnam joins Teach for All Network

Bao Uyen

Teach for Vietnam has announced its accession to Teach for All, becoming the global network’s 44th partner.

The mission of Teach For Vietnam, an independent non-profit organization, is to recruit and develop promising graduates who commit to teach for a minimum of two years in high-need schools, and become future leaders working, both inside and outside of the classroom, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential and attain an excellent education by 2050.

Teach for All is a global network of 44 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations and a global organization that works to accelerate the progress of the network. Its core purpose is to ensure all children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential both to shape better futures for themselves and for the world they’ll inherit.

According to the latest international student PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) assessment from OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), Vietnam’s students achieved high scores, particularly in science, and the country ranked among the top 20 overall—with students outperforming advantaged counterparts in other PISA assessed countries.

But the World Bank has noted a skills gap and shortage in the country, including cognitive skills like critical thinking, and behavioral skills like teamwork. Up to 80% of job applicants lack the required skills for professional jobs while 83% lack the skills needed for technical positions.

In Vietnam, only 13.8% of children in rural areas complete upper-secondary school compared to 37.4% of children in urban areas. Ethnic minority children make up more than 60% of the most disadvantaged children but just 60% of them complete primary school, compared to 82% of ethnic majority students.

While it is estimated that there will be a surplus of 70,000 teachers across the country by 2020, the percentage of certified teachers is low, which leads to concerns about the quality of education students are receiving. In high-need areas of the country, students’ ability to communicate in basic English is low, with the average score in English at just 3.2 out of 10 on the most recent high school graduation exams.

Faced with this challenging context, Teach For Vietnam is working to change this reality by providing quality education and expand opportunities for students in high-need schools and communities. It is currently recruiting its first cohort of 25-30 fellows who will begin teaching in August 2017 in Tay Ninh Province.

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