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‘Sharing with Teachers’ Program still held despite Covid-19 epidemic



After many schedule disturbances, the organizers of ‘Sharing with Teachers’ program 2021 still tried to organize a ceremony to pay gratitude for energetic teachers and those who are teaching in remote and mountainous areas on November 11th.

The program was jointly organized by the Ministry of Education and Training, the Vietnam Youth Union, and Thien Long Group. As a representative of the organizing board, Trinh Van Hao – Marketing Director of Thien Long Group – talked with VietNamNet about this program.

‘Sharing with Teachers’ Program still held despite Covid-19 epidemic
Mr. Trinh Van Hao, Marketing Director of Thien Long Group, presents saving books to teachers

– What challenges did the ‘Sharing with Teachers’ program 2021 face in the recent complicated epidemic situation?

In the 7th year of implementation, like many other social activities, the program ‘Sharing with Teachers’ was affected by the epidemic this year. We could not hold a press conference to announce the program in July like in previous years. However, in the spirit of “not letting the epidemic paralyze the program to honor teachers”, the ‘Sharing with Teachers’ 2021 program still opened to receive online teacher profiles and selected outstanding teachers with many initiatives and energy to overcome difficulties to work in disaster, flood, epidemic-hit areas… to honor.

‘Sharing with Teachers’ Program still held despite Covid-19 epidemic

The program also considered a plan to honor teachers online in a complicated epidemic situation. As the epidemic has gradually been controlled, we were able to hold a complete and meaningful ceremony to honor the teachers. This conveys the message: no matter how difficult the situation is, the gratitude and desire to thank the teachers on the occasion of November 20th will never stop.

– As announced previously, this year the ‘Sharing with Teachers’ program focused on honoring teachers who have many initiatives to optimize online teaching. Why did the program emphasize this?

For Thien Long Group, honoring millions of teachers who are “struggling” to maintain online teaching has many profound meanings.

Firstly, it recognizes the hardships teachers have faced in the past two years of online teaching. Under the severe impact of the epidemic, teachers are still firmly at the helm, becoming the “front line” to maintain teaching and learning online. Teaching on the podium is difficult, teaching through the computer screen is even more difficult, challenging the intellect and will of the “front lines of education”. Therefore, the teacher’s quickness to overcome difficulties deserves the honor of the whole society.

‘Sharing with Teachers’ Program still held despite Covid-19 epidemic

For 40 years of accompanying knowledge, education, and the country of Vietnam in all circumstances, Thien Long Group understands and appreciates the extraordinary hearts and energy of the teachers.

Secondly, we want to spread the stories of the teachers because we believe that the strong adaptability and the will to overcome difficulties will transmit positive and inspirational energies to the whole society that helps recover and overcome recent aftershocks.

Millions of online teachers deserve to be honored, but because of the limited resources, ‘Sharing with Teachers’ program cannot honor all those silent people. Thien Long believes that millions of hearts in society also want to express their love and gratitude to teachers from all over the country.

Through this, we would like to express our deep gratitude to all the teachers who have been doing their best to teach online for the past two years. We want to say thank you to the teachers who do not give up even though the teaching through the computer screen is dry and challenging.

– In your opinion, up to this point, how much support and spread has the program Sharing with teachers received in society. And what made this program successful? 

I still remember the feeling when the program ‘Sharing with Teachers’ was first held in 2015. Listening to the sharing of teachers, many people in the hall, from Party and State leaders to the guests, the students, were in tears. On that day, the leaders who went on stage to give their speeches skipped the formal speeches to express their feelings from the bottom of their hearts to the teachers… And I’m sure, everyone who watched the program over the years, will all share the same thoughts.

‘Sharing with Teachers’ Program still held despite Covid-19 epidemic
Mr. Trinh Van Hao, Marketing Director of Thien Long Group

And you have to see the tearful eyes of the teachers themselves when attending that program to understand our excitement and pride. We still know, somewhere out there, in the most difficult, hardest places, some people are spending their youth, even most of their lives, to teach the poorest children. So that they can grow up, change their fate, change the future of the village. To be able to share it with one of them is already an overwhelming honor. In the past 7 years, we have been able to cheer and encourage more than 390 teachers, we appreciate that.

More than 390 teachers have been shared, encouraged to have more strength to stick with the profession. There will be thousands and thousands of children in the most difficult areas to be taught, loved, and given the opportunity to change their destiny and that of their native village.

Gratitude activities for teachers will be spread, society appreciates the merits of teachers. Many hearts turn to the Vietnam Teachers’ Day and share the hardships and sacrifices so that the teachers can have more enthusiasm on their chosen path.

Thien Long Group is the co-organizer of the program “Sharing with Teachers” with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Vietnam Youth Union for the past 7 years. Every year, the program selects and honors teachers who have overcome obstacles in their pursuit of a teaching career in specific economic regions such as the highlands, islands, and isolated border areas… Each teacher is presented with a savings book worth VND10 million and a Certificate of Merit from the Vietnam Youth Union, the Ministry of Education and Training, and many other meaningful rewards. The program has received the attention and support of Party and State leaders, relevant agencies at all levels and is highly appreciated by the public. 

In November 2021, Thien Long Group and its Chairman Co Gia Tho jointly received the Third-class Labor Medal of the State, in addition to the program Sharing with Teachers, for their practical contributions to the Exam Season Relay program for 20 years. This is a huge encouragement for Thien Long Group’s efforts over the last 40 years to develop Vietnamese brands and make significant contributions to Vietnam education.

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More than 14,300 new COVID-19 infections confirmed in Vietnam on Sunday



A total of 14,314 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Vietnam on Sunday, bringing the total national tally to 1,309,092, according to the Ministry of Health.

More than 14,300 new COVID-19 infections confirmed in Vietnam on Sunday

A mobile COVID-19 treatment station is set up at Minh Phu General Clinic in Soc Son district in Hanoi

Of the new cases, two were imported ones while another 14,312 cases were detected in 61 provinces and cities nationwide. A total of 8,142 locally transmitted cases were found in the community outside of quarantined areas or locked down ones.
HCM City continued to record the highest number of infections with 1,491, followed by Can Tho with 1,132, Soc Trang 775, Ba Ria – Vung Tau 710 and Dong Thap 690.

The capital city of Hanoi reported 400 new cases.

Other cases were detected in Binh Thuan (648), Ben Tre (630), Binh Phuoc (547), Vinh Long (544), Khanh Hoa (465), Ca Mau (444), Binh Dinh (428), Bac Lieu (398), Kien Giang (394), Dong Nai (355), Binh Duong (355), An Giang (350), Thua Thien Hue (305), Hau Giang (295), Tien Giang (257), Tra Vinh (212), Ha Giang (160), Bac Ninh (113), Dak Nong (102), Thanh Hoa (94), Hai Phong (91), Long An (90), Hai Duong (88), Lam Dong (84), Quang Ngai (81), Da Nang (78), Ninh Thuan (75), Quang Nam (63), Quang Ninh (62), Gia Lai (61), Hung Yen (60), Nam Dinh (47), Phu Tho (45), Thai Nguyen (35), Vinh Phuc (34), Phu Yen (31), Thai Binh (28), Quang Binh (25), Hoa Binh (23), Yen Bai (21), Tuyen Quang (16), Kon Tum (13), Bac Giang (12), Ha Tinh (11), Lang Son (11), Lao Cai (9), Son La (9), Ninh Binh (5), Ha Nam (5), Cao Bang (5), Quang Tri (4), Lai Chau (2), Dien Bien (1) and Bac Kan (1).

In the last seven days, Vietnam reported on average 13,982 new cases daily.

On Sunday, the country reported 199 deaths related to COVID-19. The death toll has now hit 26,260, accounting for two per cent of total infections.

According to the Ministry of Health’s report, a further 1,711 patients were given the all-clear, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,009,277.

A total of 6,845 patients nationwide are in serious condition, with 683 requiring invasive ventilation and 15 on life support (ECMO).

Until now, the country has injected over 127.353 million doses of vaccine, with more than 54.1 million people now fully inoculated.

Source: VNS


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Public hospitals in HCM City set aside beds for COVID-19 patients



Doctors at Bình Thạnh No.1 Field Hospital in HCM City treat COVID-19 patients. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Health on Thursday asked all public hospitals in the city to set aside at least 10 per cent of hospital beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients amid a surge in hospitalisations and deaths and the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Hospitals in the city have been asked to prepare medicine and medical devices for the clinical management of COVID-19.

Designated isolation areas at hospitals are being shifted to COVID-19 treatment units, the department said in a document sent to leaders of hospitals.

Hospitals have also been asked to restructure their operation to make it fit with requirements for COVID-19 treatment, and maintain health check-ups and treatment for other diseases.

Tier-one general hospitals and specialised hospitals in pediatrics and infectious diseases have been asked to set up COVID-19 intensive care units to treat severe cases. A COVID-19 department should be established at these hospitals, it said.

The department has designated nine major hospitals in the city to receive severe cases from lower-tier hospitals, including Chợ Rẫy, Thống Nhất, HCM City Medical University, Huế Central Hospital in HCM City, Gia Định People, People 115, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, 175 Military Hospital, and Phước Lộc field hospital.

Four hospitals – Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Trưng Vương, An Bình and Củ Chi District hospitals – which fully shifted to COVID-19 treatment have maintained operation since the city lifted the lockdown on October 1.

Six hospitals which partly shifted to COVID-19 treatment, including Municipal Children Hospital, Eastern People Military Hospital, and Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Từ Dũ, Hùng Vương and Nguyễn Tri Phương hospitals, have also maintained operation.

These 10 hospitals are operating with 4,300 beds set aside for COVID-19 patients.

Thirteen city-level field hospitals with 22,000 beds, 16 district-level field hospitals with 8,000 beds, and 65 health facilities with 9,000 beds in the city are offering COVID-19 treatment.

The Department of Health has asked hospital leaders to allocate medical workers to provide health care and treatment for COVID-19 patients.

A total of 86,000 people with COVID-19 are under quarantine and treatment in the city, including more than 66,000 people receiving home-based care.

More than 14,000 patients with moderate and severe symptoms are being treated at hospitals in the city. —


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Woman arrested after being wanted for 16 years in Vietnam



Police in Vietnam have arrested a woman who had been at large for nearly 16 years after being convicted of a drug-related crime.

The Department of Public Security in southern Kien Giang Province confirmed on Sunday it had apprehended Le Thi Kim Tu, 41.

Police investigation showed that Tu and her husband were caught red-handed selling drugs in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2001.

The couple lived with their child in Hoc Mon District at the time.

In mid-2002, Tu was sentenced to seven years in prison while her husband got six years for illegally trading narcotics.

The woman was allowed to postpone her jail term as she needed to take care of her child, who was under 36 months old.

She was thus taken to Kien Giang Province so that authorities could supervise her during this period.

When Tu was ready to serve her prison sentence in 2005, officers found that she had run away from her place of residence.

The woman had been wanted by Kien Giang police since then.

Over the past 16 years, Tu had been living in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang after changing her name.

She had a romantic relationship with a local man and eventually lived with him and his family.

Following a recent argument, Tu attempted to attack her boyfriend’s mother with a knife.

Local police intervened in the incident and summoned Tu to their station for a working session.

Officers in Tien Giang eventually discovered Tu’s true identity and reported the case to their counterparts in Kien Giang Province.

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