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KidsLoop, National College for Education in strategic partnership to promote digital transformation in early education



The National College for Education (NCE) in Hanoi has signed a memorandum of understanding on a comprehensive strategic cooperation and first contract of investment in KidsLoop classes at practising schools of NCE, a move to jointly promote digital transformation in preschool education through the KidsLoop Educational Technology platform.

Together, the goal is to transform education by integrating world-class curriculum with artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology. Both agencies expect that this cooperation will positively impact more than five million children and over 15,476 preschools in Vietnam in the next five years.

KidsLoop is known in the EdTech industry for its unique learning platform of the same name, as well as its high-quality interactive educational content, Badanamu.

Through this partnership, NCE wants to incorporate KidsLoop as an advanced educational technology platform to accelerate the digital transformation in early childhood education, providing schools, teachers, parents a holistic view of how their students are learning.

The two sides committed to collaborate to deploy KidsLoop to more than one million preschool students across the country in the period of 2021-23.

In addition, KidsLoop is expected to be deployed in systems of English Language Training (ELT) across the country with the number of students reaching more than 30,000 each.

The two agencies share a common vision on the development of technology education platforms for preschool and digitisation of learning materials for preschool and primary school.

In this partnership plan, KidsLoop and NCE will work together to build KidsLoop’s Ed-Tech teacher community as a premise for digital transformation.

The NCE will support teachers and kindergartens across the country to access and use the KidsLoop platform as a basic development platform for the school’s digital transformation.

The KidsLoop Platform is a cutting-edge solution for educators to operate educational organisations oriented to student-centered growth.

Teachers can easily use the KidsLoop platform to proactively digitize traditional lesson plans into vivid, interactive digital ones backed with AI power of KidsLoop.

Proactively creating digital learning materials and lesson plans on the KidsLoop platform is also the first step in promoting a rich and diverse content library created by Vietnamese teachers and schools in collaboration with publishers.

Building a world class quality, rich in Vietnamese culture and language learning materials library for teaching and learning in preschool is also another crucial cooperation between the two agencies. The pathway of building this digitised learning content will start from the localisation of the world-class Badanamu curriculum and the investment in creating digitised Vietnamese language curricula for a long-term plan.

The NCE has always been a pioneer in applying technological achievements in teaching. Initially, the NCE will organize the KidsLoop classes in NCE’s Practical Preschools: Hoa Thuy Tien (Narcissus), Hoa Hong (Rose), and Hoa Sen (Lotus).

At the end of the first quarter of 2021, the NCE will support the deployment of the KidsLoop platform to NCE’s satellite preschools across the country. Both agencies believe that this strategic cooperation is a positive movement contributing to the success of digital transformation in preschool education in the country.

Founded in 2011, KidsLoop is a global EdTech company with principal offices in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, London, and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).

The KidsLoop vision is to transform early years education by providing the tools and asset libraries to digitize contents, collect data, and create personalized learning paths for every student.

The platform offers a variety of options for interactive learning, both in class and remotely, and brings teachers, parents, and students together in one place. For more information, please visit in Vietnamese and in English.

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Ho Chi Minh City students to resume school in early March



All students in Ho Chi Minh City have been allowed to go back to school in early March as the COVID-19 pandemic has been put under control again in the southern metropolis.

The municipal People’s Committee on Wednesday issued a document stating that students and learners of local schools, universities, and other educational institutions will resume their normal classes on March 1.

The city’s Department of Education and Training and Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs will provide local schools with guidance on pandemic prevention and control measures.

Students who have been to virus-hit areas will be required to fill out health declaration forms.

Stern penalties will be imposed upon those failing to declare their health status or violating rules on COVID-19 prevention and control.

All students, teachers, and other staff members will have to complete online health declaration on a daily basis.

Following the Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February, all students were required to switch to remote learning until the end of the month due to the complicated COVID-19 developments.

The city recorded 36 community-based COVID-19 cases between February 6 and 11.

A total of 35 locations in 10 districts and Thu Duc City were sealed off to prevent the disease from spreading further into the community.

As of Tuesday afternoon, lockdown had been lifted from all of these locations.

The municipal Department of Education and Training on the same day proposed that all students be allowed to return to school on March 1.

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As Ho Chi Minh City daycare centers shuttered by COVID-19, babysitting services are in demand



Parents in Ho Chi Minh City are scrambling to find a nanny for their children after their kindergartens were closed due to COVID-19, which in turn drove hourly rates for the service to spike.

Communities of Vietnamese parents on Facebook are clamoring with job postings and advertisements on babysitting service, as both demand from parents and supply from preschool teachers are soaring during the current wave of COVID-19 infections in Vietnam.

High rate

Being mother to a four-year-old child who attends kindergarten in District 7 of Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Huong Ngoc said working parents in the city are struggling to get their childcare responsibility covered during the outbreak.

“After several discussions, we decided to look for a babysitter on a dedicated job matching group on Facebook,” Ngoc recalled.

One candidate sent us a private message, quoting VND450,000 (US$20) for 10 hours of childcare – a lunch break included.

The price was high as Ngoc saw it, but she accepted the quotation anyway.

“It would be great If the babysitter can teach coloring or singing, but I don’t expect too much,” she said.

Ngoc cannot really be sure of the babysitter’s itinerary either, so she has no choice but to believe the woman’s claim of “not travelling far from home” and entrust the child to her.

Likewise, Tieu Quyen from Ho Chi Minh City also have to settle for a high babysitting rate as her mother is too busy to take care of her three-year-old child, while the private kindergarten she sends her kid to is closed.

Quyen compared the rate in many Facebook groups and found the lowest quotation at VND350,000 ($15) per day, which will increase to VND400,000 ($17) per day later.

“I’m worried about transmission risks [from the babysitters.] Yet the best I can do is reminding the nannies to wear face masks and wash their hands before entering the house.”

Trustworthiness is key

While public kindergarten teachers have a stable base salary to fall back on during school closure, teachers at private preschools have to look for for seasonal babysitting jobs as their incomes are slashed, said Do Hoang Phuong Thao, a teacher at Be Ngoan Kindergarten in District 1, Ho Chi Minh.

“Private school teachers have to take unpaid leave, which is why they are picking up part-time babysitting jobs,” Thao said.

“They offer what parents need.”

Nguyen Thi Kim Uyen, deputy head of the bureau of education and training in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10, shares the sentiment.

“This is a completely fair situation regarding the needs of parents and teachers,” Uyen said.

“Since the teacher is only babysitting, not teaching, we did not issue any official direction but a general guidance for COVID-19 prevention and medical declaration.”

Meanwhile, parents are recommended to discuss travel history with babysitters before hiring, or check out the candidates’ details at local health facilities if needed.

Others casts doubt on the rise of babysitting services, saying it might hinder the effort of COVID-19 prevention and control.

“Unregulated babysitting brings up many obstacles for epidemic prevention, as teachers have no grasp of the host family’s travel history, and vice versa,” Uyen said.

“Families should prioritize relatives and acquaintances for safety.”

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Many schools in Vietnam to resume classroom learning earlier than planned



Several localities in Vietnam have changed their plans to allow students to return to schools after the Lunar New Year holiday about a week earlier than the original schedule.

K-12 and college students in the south-central provinces of Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan and the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap will go to school and take face-to-face lessons from February 22.

On the same date, ninth and 12th grade students in northern Thai Binh Province will also return to school, while students of other grades will continue online study until further notice.

In the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, the provincial Department of Education and Training on Friday said that offline classrooms will be organized for students who do not have access to online study from February 22.

Resuming in-person schooling way more earlier, all students in northern Nam Dinh Province and students of vocational schools in Dong Thap have come back to school since February 17.

Meanwhile, authorities in northern Bac Ninh Province and southern Binh Phuoc Province on Friday issued a notification requesting students to not return to school through February 28. Before that, these two provinces had planned to keep school closed until Sunday, February 21.

Elsewhere in such big cities as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, students will study online until the end of this month.

Before the Lunar New Year holiday, which started around the end of January for most of students across Vietnam, students were slated to stay home until at least the end of this month or further notice from educational authorities to help curb the new coronavirus wave that has hit 13 Vietnamese localities since January 27.

Schools have to ensure COVID-19 prevention and control measures after their resumption.

Facing different school-reopening schedules in localities, the Ministry of Education and Training has planned to build corresponding timetables for the current 2020-21 school year based on the experience from the previous school year, according to director of the ministry’s secondary education department Nguyen Xuan Thanh.

“If the outbreak lingers until March and all students still cannot return to school, the department will delay the end of the school year,” said Thanh.

“The schedule for the [2021] national high school graduation exam and the entrance exams at other levels will also have to be adjusted, with the former may be held in separate times as in 2020, if any localities are still unable to suppress the virus outbreak,” he added.

Schooling in Vietnam has experienced interruptions between offline and online modes since January last year when COVID-19 first hit the country.

The latest wave of infections since January 27 has seen a total of 770 locally-transmitted cases logged in 13 provinces and cities.

Among them, 590 patients have been reported in Hai Duong Province, 60 in Quang Ninh Province, 27 in Gia Lai Province, 35 in Hanoi, five in Bac Ninh Province, two in Bac Giang Province, 36 in Ho Chi Minh City, two in Hoa Binh Province, one in Ha Giang Province, three in Dien Bien Province, six in Binh Duong Province, one in Hai Phong, and two in Hung Yen Province.

The national tally stood at 2,362 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday morning, with 1,627 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

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