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Vietnam Schools program

Schools Program, Vietnam

Action for the City
Centre for Development of Community Initiative and Environment

Supported by
Teachers for Democracy & Partnership
Umeå municipality, Sweden


Financed by:
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – SIDA

and ICLD, Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy.


Contact person:
Laras Piniji











The success of the ESDA projects in Ukraine has inspired our member organizations in Vietnam: since 2009 they have been adapting, testing and introducing one of the Ukrainian school programs for 12-14 year olds. So this is a four-way partnership:

  • Action for the City (ACCD), working first in Hanoi and now also in the Da Nang region, in urban schools
  • Centre for Development of Community Initiative and Environment (C&E), working mostly in the Hue region in rural schools
  • Teachers for Democracy & Partnership (TDP) in Ukraine, supplying materials and teacher training
  • GAP International, supplying adaptation training and project support

Vietnamese schools do not find it easy to engage pupils, their families and communities in sustainable development. There are several reasons, including a lack of good models, limited teachers’ capacity, limited links to other civil society actors, inadequate resources. However with some financial support from Sweden (Sida) the project is making great progress, including production of a well-received textbook for pupils.

The present funding ends at the end of 2013 but the partners are actively seeking ways to continue and enlarge the program.

In the meantime, an exchange of experience has been set up between the Swedish municipality of Umeå and a school district, Cau Giay, in Hanoi. This exchange is funded until 2015; and is supported by GAP International.

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