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Saigon parents seek out meaningful summers for children

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Parents across Ho Chi Minh City are finding new and exciting ways for their children to enjoy meaningful summers – a serious departure from the traditional extra tutoring classes that commonly fill most summer schedules.

Thang, originally from Quynh Luu District, north-central Nghe An Province, has lived in Ho Chi Minh City for 25 years.

He currently lives with his wife and children near the city center.

With two very young children, Thang has found it difficult to visit his hometown in summertime.

This year, for the first time in nearly a decade, he has planned to finally make a trip home so that his children can experience the environment their father grew up in, even if it means shelling out quite a bit of money to afford the high travel costs involved.

“You shouldn’t wait to do what you want because the opportunity might suddenly disappear, and that would lead to regret,” he said.  

Thang plans to make the trip in late July and is most looking forward to his mother’s home cooking.

He believes it will be the most meaningful summer he could possibly provide for his children.

Hanh, hailing from Binh Duong Province, just outside Ho Chi Minh City, also hopes to create meaningful summer memories for her child.

This summertime, Hanh would like to visit Da Lat, Phan Thiet, and the Mekong Delta region.

She believes it will be an escape from both the bustling city and from the pressures of daily life and electronic devices.

Bin, Hang’s 11-year-old son, had a successful school year and she hopes her planned vacations will be a fitting reward for a job well done.

“Everyone needs to refresh and find a new point of view,” Hanh explained.

“What we have now is not natural.

“Our ancestors have a saying that goes, ‘Go out one day, and come back with a basket full of wisdom.’”

Hanh hopes this ‘wisdom’ will come in the form of soft skills and a recognition of the importance of caring for the natural environment.

Family bonding

Loan and Thong, a couple, plan to use the summer to teach their children about charity.

Each Christmas, Lunar New Year, or summer holiday, they bring their kids to various charity centers, orphanages, and mental asylums so that they can help those less fortunate than themselves.

Thong explained that he tries to teach his children that each person is born different and experiences their own issues and problems, and it is up to each and every human being to help others overcome their problems.  

Summer days

While older generations typically had full three-month summer breaks, newer generations typically spend their summers enrolled in extra classes.

“We have to balance and guide the way we educate our children,” said Le Truong An from the Ho Chi Minh City Open University.

“We need to let them connect with nature.”

Bringing children to visit their grandparents can help families connect, especially during visits to parks, zoos, swimming pools, and martial arts centers.

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Vietnam places 1st at Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship

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Vietnam has finished first at the 2022 Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship, winning two gold medals, one silver, and one bronze.

The four faces who brought glory to Vietnam at the world’s largest MSO playground include Bui Cong Minh from Nguyen Tat Thanh Middle and High School in Hanoi, who received a gold medal in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016; Nguyen Duy Phong from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, who won a gold medal in Microsoft Excel 365 Apps and Office 2019; Nguyen Trong Khai from University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, who bagged a silver medal in Microsoft Word 365 Apps and Office 2019; and Dao Ngoc Tung Chi from Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, who took home a bronze medal in Microsoft Word 2016.

Unable to hide his emotions at the awards ceremony, Minh felt like “exploding,” shaking in happiness when his name was mentioned.

He is also the youngest competitor who has ever clinched a gold medal in the history of Vietnam’s participation in the contest.

Phong was also enthusiastic to share his happiness on achieving the highest degree of awards, bringing glory to his home country.

Vietnam received the most awards from this year’s Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship edition, said Doan Hong Nam, president of IIG Vietnam, chief of the national organizing committee and head of the Vietnamese team.

This is also the first time in 13 years of competing at the championship that the Vietnamese team has reached the top spot.

The Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship is an international playground for students, aged 13-22, on a global scale to find and glorify talents in Microsoft Office usage.

Its 2022 edition took place in Anaheim, California from July 24 to 27

Vietnam’s medal tally at all MOSWC iterations has added up to four gold medals, three silvers, and 10 bronzes.

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Vietnam launches Simons Astrophysics Group

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The launch of an astrophysics group in Vietnam funded by the U.S.-based Simons Foundation was announced during two international workshops on astrophysics in Quy Nhon City of the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh on Monday.

Rencontres du Vietnam (Meeting Vietnam) convened the two workshops, the ‘Golden Universe: Nuclear Astrophysics and Cosmic Rays in the Multimessenger Era’ and the ‘2022 SAGI Astrophysics Workshop on New Frontiers of Astrophysics in the Golden Era of Dust Polarimetry,’ at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE).

The event gathered more than 30 Vietnamese and foreign scientists from France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia; as well as around 50 physics students from three specialized high schools in Binh Dinh and the neighboring province of Phu Yen.

Prof. Tran Thanh Van delivers a remark at the opening of two international workshops on astrophysics in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, July 25, 2022. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Prof. Tran Thanh Van delivers a remark at the opening of two international workshops on astrophysics in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, July 25, 2022. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

During the events, Dr. Nguyen Trong Hien, a Vietnamese-American astrophysicist working for NASA, announced the launch of the Simons Astrophysics Group at ICISE (SAGI), the first of its kind in Vietnam.

The group, including many Vietnamese experts working overseas, is funded by the U.S.-based Simons Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in the States making grants in mathematics and physical sciences, life sciences, autism research, and education and outreach.

“SAGI will organize seminars and summer schools, cooperate [with other organizations] in analyzing scientific data, and support young scientists in the country,” Dr. Hien said.

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Vietnam’s oldest candidate graduates from high school at 82

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An 82-year-old man from Hanoi, the oldest candidate in Vietnam’s 2022 national high school graduation exam, officially passed the test with a total score of 22.35, as per the results announced on Sunday. 

The Vocational and Continuing Education Center in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, the school Nguyen Huy Ky attended before the exam, confirmed his results later on the same day.

Ky, 82, got 4.75 points out of 10 in literature, 3.6 points in math, 7.5 points in history, and 6.5 points in geography to pass the graduation exam and is now a high school graduate.

He was given 0.25 priority points as a candidate who is 35 years or older, as of the date of the high school graduation exam.

As a continuing education student with a grade-A computer certificate or higher, he also got an additional one point.

Nguyen Huy Ky, 82, is pictured during the 2022 national high school graduation exam at Thanh Xuan Middle School in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Huy Ky, 82, is pictured during the 2022 national high school graduation exam at Thanh Xuan Middle School in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

During the national high school graduation exam that took place at the beginning of this month, at the exam site of Thanh Xuan Middle School in the namesake district, Ky drew attention as the oldest candidate in the country still pursuing a high school diploma at the age of over 80.

At that time, Ky told a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter that the reason for his pursuit is to return to the profession of Oriental medicine, which requires him to attend a medical school, and a high school diploma is a must for admission to the medical school.

In Vietnam, the national high school graduation exam, considered one of the most important events in the life of every school student, is organized in July every year for 12th graders and independent candidates. 

The exam results are used for both high school graduation and enrollment in universities and junior colleges.

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