Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications has announced a campaign to provide at least one million computers together with Internet connections to help underprivileged K-12 students keep up with online classes.
The campaign, entitled ‘Connection and Computers for Children,’ is born out of the Vietnamese prime minister’s orientation of supporting teachers and students with online learning instruments during the COVID-19 social distancing bouts that are in place in many parts of the country.
It was launched on Sunday in a ceremony joined by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
In the 2021-22 school year that started earlier this month, online learning will be considered a regular solution for education during the ongoing pandemic, rather than a situational alternative like in the previous school year, officials stated.
However, the new learning method requires access to computers and accompanying gadgets, which jeopardizes the learning and teaching opportunities of students and teachers in financially challenged households.
Addressing the issue, the Ministry of Information and Communications collaborated with the Ministry of Education and Training in the campaign in bringing high-speed Internet and digital infrastructure to students and teachers in need.
The organizers also opened a call for donations to purchase computers and technology gadgets for struggling students who live in areas upholding the government’s stringent Directive No. 16, which forbids all services and outdoor travels that are deemed non-essential.
According to the information ministry, the campaign calls for donations from all sectors in Vietnam to ensure that “no student is left behind” in terms of study opportunities.
To realize the goal, it has allocated a budget of VND3 trillion (US$133 million) to establish cellular Internet coverage in remote spots within social distancing zones.
As per the ministry’s plan, 283 locations will get Internet connection in September, while a total of 1,910 spots will get network coverage by the end of 2021.
The information authority also vowed to provide computers to destitute students, with one million devices to be mobilized in the first phase from September to December 2021.
This phase will prioritize poor students in socially distanced areas, and will cost an estimated VND2.5 trillion ($110 million), officials stated.
During the subsequent phase of 2022-23, the campaign utilizes support from various sectors to make sure that all students from poor households get equipped with personal computers for their online education.
During Sunday’s ceremony, the ministry also announced an online learning support package for locales that are maintaining movement curbs under Directive No. 16.
Requiring a budget of VND650 billion ($28.7 million) and expected to last three months, the package involves free subscriptions of domestic online learning platforms, free data that accompanies computers for poor students, as well as Internet infrastructure upgrades to help provinces organize better online education.
Vietnam places 1st at Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship
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.
Vietnam launches Simons Astrophysics Group
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|
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.
Vietnam’s oldest candidate graduates from high school at 82
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|
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.
Poet desires to conquer new creative peaks
Japanese director lets Vietnamese cast emulate their own emotions
Seaweed: precious natural gift of Quảng Ngãi Province
The long, slow death of the ‘Honda’ Win
Beware, the vlogger pandemic is upon us
Video clips encourage discovery of Quang Nam beyond Hoi An
China approves Genuine Biotech’s HIV drug for COVID patients
Ho Chi Minh City officials on week-long business trip to US
Sheltering fish at bottom of the ocean in Vietnam
Online food ordering rises sharply by 72% in the first 6 months of 2022
First Vietnamese representative at a Winter Olympic
Da Nang museums attracting domestic visitors with free entry policy
Nom, nom, Việt Nam – Episode 76: Fried cheese sticks
In Sa Pa, ethnic children forced to peddle on streets in bitterly cold night
Nom, nom, Việt Nam – Episode 74: Huế beef noodle soup
Sci-tech-environment2 weeks ago
Online food ordering rises sharply by 72% in the first 6 months of 2022
Travel2 weeks ago
Ninh Binh among 12 “coolest movie filming locations” in Asia: US magazine
Business1 week ago
Samsung workers in Vietnam bear brunt of slowdown in global demand for electronics
Entertainment-Sports1 week ago
Indonesian bikers exchange with Vietnamese partners
Business2 weeks ago
Gemadept reports Q2 profit at $16 million, up 88%
Life1 week ago
Number of Indians applying for Vietnam visas jumps 24-fold following COVID-19 pandemic
Your Vietnam1 week ago
Mexican artist finds new inspirations in Việt Nam
Travel2 weeks ago
Capital ramps up activities to lure more foreign tourists