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How can sexual harassment be prevented in schools?

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Psychological protection for students still has not been given much importance by schools, experts say.

How can sexual harassment be prevented in schools?

Dao Thu Hien, MA in Public Security

On February 14, 2022, Forbes Vietnam released a list of the Vietnamese most outstanding faces under 30 years old in 2022. There are 26 names in the list instead of 30 as seen previously. They are well known in four fields: business and startups, science and education, social activities, and arts, entertainment and sports.

The youngest among the 26 is Ngo Hoang Anh, 22.

The list stirred up the public, because Anh, who had outstanding achievements in his field, allegedly propositioned high school students.

The HCM City High School for the Gifted under the Vietnam National University, HCM City, has been criticized for honoring Ngo Hoang Anh on the school’s fanpage. The leaders of the school had to apologize for their lack of cautiousness.

When reading the news about Anh, K.A, a 21-year-old female student in London, realized that Anh was the man who had propositioned her four years ago.

In February 2020, after two years of being quiet, the girl raised her voice and denounced Anh for propositioning her. She also showed evidence, which included messages Anh sent her, and reported to École Polytechnique, where Anh was studying.

After that, about 10 girls, aged 15-19, messaged K.A and informed her that Anh had also propositioned them. Most of the girls were students at the HCM City High School for the Gifted, where Ngo Hoang Anh and K.A had studied.

Experts say there was incomplete handling of the case as the school’s former students sought help in 2020.

Dao Thu Hien, MA in Public Policy, Harvard University, noted that the schools in Vietnam still do not attach much importance to students’ psychological and mental safety.

She said that the indifference or rejection to calls for help from victims is not only a shortcoming but a “big failure of schools in implementing their role”.

In developed countries, the policy on preventing and dealing with child (under 18) abuse, in any form, is taken seriously by schools.

Hien said she had surveyed websites of some large education groups in Vietnam and found that very few organizations have phone numbers of child protection divisions, while all international schools have. School management boards and teachers may have awareness of the impact of sexual harassment in schools, but it is still far from setting up a policy of child protection.

Tran Thanh Nam from Hanoi National University shared the same view. He said schools don’t have code of conduct to prevent sexual harassment, and teachers and students still have vague understanding about the issue.

In many cases, when victims report sexual harassment, their complaints are ignored. In other cases, teachers may think that the victims are guilty as they do something to catch attention from people. So victims do not dare denounce sexual harassment. Adults sometimes even advise their children to ignore the harassment and not report the behavior, because it is embarrassing. However, the more they are avoid and ignore, the more they will be harassed.

According to Nam, the lack of policies and awareness about the issue has led to a burning issue.

To settle this problem, according to Nam, schools need to have a code of conduct in schools with regulations on preventing and fighting school sexual harassment, clearly pointing out the procedures of receiving information and settling problems.

“Since sexual harassment is so common today, schools need to provide programs that help children identify exactly what harassment is, thereby providing the necessary skills so that children will dare to speak out and report harassment cases,” he said. 

Thuy Nga

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/how-can-sexual-harassment-be-prevented-in-schools-818310.html

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UNESCO recognizes pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group

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The pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

This is one of the main items on the agenda of the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week.

This year, four traditions were added to the list.

As for Vietnam, this is the first Vietnamese traditional craft to be honored on the UNESCO list.

However, the Cham people’s pottery is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam to be included in such a list, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO of the 2003 Convention in the Kingdom of Morocco. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

Vietnam attended the conference as a state member of the committee, which was elected by state parties gathered in the general assembly according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation. 

This is the second time in the last ten years that Vietnam has become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention. The Southeast Asian country’s term lasts from 2022 to 2027.

According to the resolution adopted at the conference, the UNESCO committee classified the pottery art of the Cham people in Vietnam as intangible world cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

In addition, three other traditions have been honored, including the black pottery art of Chile’s Quinchamali and Santa Cruz de Cuca, the traditional stonework of the Ahlat in Turkey, and the Xhubleta, or skills, crafts, and forms of use from Albania that relate to an Albanian traditional costume. 

According to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Vietnamese documents on the pottery art of the Cham ethnic group show that the tradition meets the standards set by the committee for intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

Cham pottery art is cultivated by women who make pottery without a potter’s wheel and decorate it with enamel.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine, Bau Truc Street, Phuoc Dan City, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery art.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of the pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine in Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam is shown in this photo, provided the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

Practicing and passing on the art of pottery helps Cham women play a more important role in modern society.

In addition, the tradition helps to preserve the art of traditional folklore performance and communication, including the special ritual in honor of the first founder of the craft Po Klaong Can.

Currently, there are only a few craftsmen, potters, and apprentices left in two Cham villages.

Although many efforts have been made to preserve and maintain the pottery craft, the Cham tradition is threatened with extinction for various reasons.

One of the challenges is urbanization, which has a tremendous impact on the space and landscape of traditional craft villages. 

There is still no planning strategy for an area where pottery is produced, and the cost of raw materials is still high.

What is more, the oldest craftsmen are gradually dying out and there are few young people who want to continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo provided by the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

UNESCO’s decision to include Vietnamese pottery in the list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection shows that the United Nations recognizes the diversity of cultural characteristics of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The listing also promotes the role of women in modern society and respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, which is in line with the goals and principles that UNESCO has always upheld.

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The pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

This is one of the main items on the agenda of the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week.

This year, four traditions were added to the list.

As for Vietnam, this is the first Vietnamese traditional craft to be honored on the UNESCO list.

However, the Cham people’s pottery is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam to be included in such a list, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO of the 2003 Convention in the Kingdom of Morocco. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

Vietnam attended the conference as a state member of the committee, which was elected by state parties gathered in the general assembly according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation. 

This is the second time in the last ten years that Vietnam has become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention. The Southeast Asian country’s term lasts from 2022 to 2027.

According to the resolution adopted at the conference, the UNESCO committee classified the pottery art of the Cham people in Vietnam as intangible world cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

In addition, three other traditions have been honored, including the black pottery art of Chile’s Quinchamali and Santa Cruz de Cuca, the traditional stonework of the Ahlat in Turkey, and the Xhubleta, or skills, crafts, and forms of use from Albania that relate to an Albanian traditional costume. 

According to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Vietnamese documents on the pottery art of the Cham ethnic group show that the tradition meets the standards set by the committee for intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

Cham pottery art is cultivated by women who make pottery without a potter’s wheel and decorate it with enamel.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine, Bau Truc Street, Phuoc Dan City, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery art.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of the pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine in Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam is shown in this photo, provided the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

Practicing and passing on the art of pottery helps Cham women play a more important role in modern society.

In addition, the tradition helps to preserve the art of traditional folklore performance and communication, including the special ritual in honor of the first founder of the craft Po Klaong Can.

Currently, there are only a few craftsmen, potters, and apprentices left in two Cham villages.

Although many efforts have been made to preserve and maintain the pottery craft, the Cham tradition is threatened with extinction for various reasons.

One of the challenges is urbanization, which has a tremendous impact on the space and landscape of traditional craft villages. 

There is still no planning strategy for an area where pottery is produced, and the cost of raw materials is still high.

What is more, the oldest craftsmen are gradually dying out and there are few young people who want to continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo provided by the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

UNESCO’s decision to include Vietnamese pottery in the list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection shows that the United Nations recognizes the diversity of cultural characteristics of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The listing also promotes the role of women in modern society and respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, which is in line with the goals and principles that UNESCO has always upheld.

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Vietnam, Singapore join hands to support firms in Vietnam in industrial digital transformation

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The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Becamex IDC Corporation, which represents Vietnamese and Singaporean partners, to develop a start-up ecosystem and support industrial digital transformation in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was part of the framework of the on-going Techfest Vietnam 2022, a national innovation start-up fest taking place between December 2 and 4 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

It was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, leaders of ministries, agencies and Binh Duong Province, and Singaporean partners.

The cooperation is aimed at building specific programs to support start-ups to turn their ideas into reality, innovate their production models to increase the value added of their products, and boost connectivity among enterprises as well as the innovative start-up ecosystem.

An innovation center will be established in Binh Duong by Becamex IDC, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Joint Venture Co. Ltd., Eastern International University, and Singaporean partners, including Singapore Polytechnic and the Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance.

The center will include labs and equipment to support innovators and enterprises in research and innovation.

In addition, with the support of experienced partners from Singapore, the center will help enterprises improve and renovate their production with existing machines and production lines to increase governance efficiency, labor productivity, and value added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh applauded the efforts of the Ministries of Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, as well as other relevant agencies for holding a festival to connect and motivate youngsters, enterprises, experts, managers, and policymakers.

He said after the government issued a plan to support the national innovative start-up ecosystem until 2025, most cities and provinces have drawn up action plans and set up innovative centers, and many of them have done the job well, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Binh Duong.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province Vo Van Minh said as the province is a bright spot in attracting foreign investment in Vietnam, it is now home to more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects and over 50,000 firms.

Binh Duong has a plan to boost the cooperation of the state, schools, and enterprises to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation in which a locality or a country attains a certain income and gets stuck at that level, while improving production and the competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in global value chains.

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The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Becamex IDC Corporation, which represents Vietnamese and Singaporean partners, to develop a start-up ecosystem and support industrial digital transformation in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was part of the framework of the on-going Techfest Vietnam 2022, a national innovation start-up fest taking place between December 2 and 4 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

It was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, leaders of ministries, agencies and Binh Duong Province, and Singaporean partners.

The cooperation is aimed at building specific programs to support start-ups to turn their ideas into reality, innovate their production models to increase the value added of their products, and boost connectivity among enterprises as well as the innovative start-up ecosystem.

An innovation center will be established in Binh Duong by Becamex IDC, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Joint Venture Co. Ltd., Eastern International University, and Singaporean partners, including Singapore Polytechnic and the Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance.

The center will include labs and equipment to support innovators and enterprises in research and innovation.

In addition, with the support of experienced partners from Singapore, the center will help enterprises improve and renovate their production with existing machines and production lines to increase governance efficiency, labor productivity, and value added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh applauded the efforts of the Ministries of Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, as well as other relevant agencies for holding a festival to connect and motivate youngsters, enterprises, experts, managers, and policymakers.

He said after the government issued a plan to support the national innovative start-up ecosystem until 2025, most cities and provinces have drawn up action plans and set up innovative centers, and many of them have done the job well, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Binh Duong.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province Vo Van Minh said as the province is a bright spot in attracting foreign investment in Vietnam, it is now home to more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects and over 50,000 firms.

Binh Duong has a plan to boost the cooperation of the state, schools, and enterprises to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation in which a locality or a country attains a certain income and gets stuck at that level, while improving production and the competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in global value chains.

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Vietnamese 12th grader dies while taking part in 200m run at school

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A twelfth grader from Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam died while taking part in a 200-meter run organized by his school last weekend, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The deceased student is L.A.T., who studied in class 12A1 at Phu Cat 3 High School in Cat Hung Commune, Phu Cat District, according to Dao Duc Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

T. was a member of the school’s team for students who have talent for running.

On November 27, Phu Cat 3 High School organized a 200-meter run to prepare for the upcoming province-level sports competition.

T. was running when he suddenly fainted.

The school’s medical staff gave the student first aid before taking him to the commune’s medical station.

T. was given oxygen before being transferred to Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment, but he did not make it.

The local forensic agency and procuracy requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

However, the family believed that T. had died from a stroke and requested that no autopsy be carried out.

T.’s body was then taken home for funeral rites.

“Through external examinations, doctors concluded that T. was not affected by external forces during the run,” Tuan elaborated, adding that he did not collide with any other student.

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A twelfth grader from Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam died while taking part in a 200-meter run organized by his school last weekend, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The deceased student is L.A.T., who studied in class 12A1 at Phu Cat 3 High School in Cat Hung Commune, Phu Cat District, according to Dao Duc Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

T. was a member of the school’s team for students who have talent for running.

On November 27, Phu Cat 3 High School organized a 200-meter run to prepare for the upcoming province-level sports competition.

T. was running when he suddenly fainted.

The school’s medical staff gave the student first aid before taking him to the commune’s medical station.

T. was given oxygen before being transferred to Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment, but he did not make it.

The local forensic agency and procuracy requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

However, the family believed that T. had died from a stroke and requested that no autopsy be carried out.

T.’s body was then taken home for funeral rites.

“Through external examinations, doctors concluded that T. was not affected by external forces during the run,” Tuan elaborated, adding that he did not collide with any other student.

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