Temasek Foundation, Singapore and National Institute of Education, Singapore support Educational Leadership Programme for Provincial Supervisory Officers in Vietnam

Temasek Foundation, Singapore and National Institute of Education, Singapore support Educational Leadership Programme for Provincial Supervisory Officers in Vietnam

Date
Saturday, 24 July 2010

1. Temasek Foundation, Singapore, together with the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore and the National Institute of Education and Management (NIEM), Vietnam are jointly supporting a training programme for Provincial Supervisory Officers (PSOs) in Vietnam. With Temasek Foundation's funding of S$701,130 (VND 9,851,440,000), this programme will provide Provincial Supervisory Officers with essential knowledge of leadership competencies and supervisory skills in mentoring and supervision of principals and schools under their care. Provincial Supervisory Officers perform the role of school superintendents in the Vietnam education system and hence, play a critical role in contributing towards the improvement of standards of national schools in Vietnam.

2. The Temasek Foundation-NIE Singapore Educational Leadership Programme for Provincial Supervisory Officers for Vietnam (ELPPSO) is an extension of an earlier programme - Educational Leadership Programme for Vietnam (ELPV), which was launched in 2008. Under the ELPV, 480 national and provincial trainers from Vietnam were trained by NIE Singapore with funding support from Temasek Foundation.

3. Both training programmes support the plans which NIEM and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in Vietnam have outlined to enhance professionalism, update knowledge and skills in school leadership in order to keep pace with the changing education landscape for Vietnam's 28,000 principals from the nation's primary, lower secondary and upper secondary schools. All principals in Vietnam are scheduled to go through the "National Training Programme for School Principals" coordinated by NIEM. 480 ELPV trainers have been deployed under the "National Training Programme for School Principals". To date, 14,000 school principals have been trained by ELPV trainers in 2009 and a further 14,000 principals are scheduled to be trained by end 2010.

4. As change is being introduced at the school level by trained principals under the "National Training Programme for School Principals", guidance and support at the supervisory level is crucial in realising and sustaining the culture of innovation within the Vietnam Education System in the long run. The role of a school supervisor, termed as a PSO in Vietnam, has been identified by MOET and NIEM to provide the appropriate guidance and support to schools and to monitor and evaluate change initiatives at the school level.

5. In all, 115 Provincial Supervisory Officers from across 64 provinces of Vietnam and 5 master trainers will undergo a 10-day specialised programme in school leadership and supervisory skills, and thereafter, continue to share their knowledge by training an additional 90 Provincial Supervisory Officers in Vietnam. In June 2010, training was conducted for the first group of trainees, while the second group will be trained from 19 to 30 July 2010. Dr Nguyen Minh Hien, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Vietnam and Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Foundation were in Hanoi today to visit the participants and observe their training session.

6. "Education is clearly a key area of focus in Vietnam. Through Temasek Foundation's support, we hope the knowledge and skills gained by the participants will be passed on to their peers and colleagues and bring far-reaching benefits to the education system in Vietnam," said Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Foundation, Singapore.

7. Professor Lee Sing Kong, Director of NIE said "NIE is proud have this opportunity in playing a part to shape the professional development of school leaders in Vietnam. I am positive that the programme will result in long-term growth and innovation in the Vietnamese education system and also establish a strong network of leaders and educators in the region."

8. A National Education Leadership Conference in Hanoi has been planned in December 2010 where 800 Vietnam education professionals and ministry officials will gather to share best practices and address key issues in Vietnam's education system.

About Temasek Foundation

Temasek Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organisation anchored in Singapore that seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and a bright future of hope and opportunities for people in Asia. The foundation works with partners to support programmes that develop people through health care, education and research, programmes that build bridges between peoples, programmes that build institutions of excellence through good governance and ethics, and programmes that rebuild lives and livelihoods affected by natural disasters.

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