International Educator Program: Vietnamese Delegation

Posted 02 Aug 2018 2:23pm

From July 30th through to August 10th IPL has hosted a high-level delegation from Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training. The delegation includes Director of Education, Hoang Duc Minh, and a number of regional education directors.

Vietnam is widely recognised as the highest-performing education system among developing countries, achieving the 8th highest results globally in OECD's PISA assessments. However, Vietnam is also grappling with how to future proof its curriculum as the country transitions from predominantly agriculture and manufacturing to a more innovative, entrepreneurial, and service sector focused economy.

The programme has been designed and led by Institute of Professional Learning’s Associate Director – International Education and Development, Chris Henderson. The programme includes five modules focussed on the New Zealand curriculum, including curriculum development and implementation, learning resource creation, and the role and importance of indigenous education in New Zealand schools. For each module delegates have also visited a range of regional schools that exhibit best practice for each theme. Guest presenters have also worked with the group, and have included Ministry of Education Regional Director Paula Rawiri and Education Review Office Review Managers Charles Rolleston and Phil Cowie.

The feedback from the delegation throughout the programme has been positive. Overall they are impressed with the holistic and learner-centric nature of the curriculum, as well as the future-focus of the curriculum and its flexibility to respond to cultural diversity or dynamic social and economic conditions. Throughout the school visits the delegation have also noted being impressed by the New Zealand approach to education, namely the creativity, independence, and leadership displayed by classroom teachers, as well as the accountability measures offered by a range of independent agencies.

Thank you to our guest speakers from the Faculty of Education, Ministry of Education, Education Council, Education Review Office, and Nga Pumanawa e Waru for their collaboration and contributions to the programme. Special thanks to Morrinsville Intermediate, Knighton Primary, Endeavour Primary, Fairfield College, Rotorua Girls High, Turangawaewae Kohanga Reo, and Tai Wanaga, and the University of Waikato Creche for hosting the delegates and contributing valuable classroom experiences that have contributed to the success of this programme.