Towards the 3rd decade of the 21st century, UNICEF, Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam, Vietnamese educators increasingly recognize that children need to be digitally literate; that digital literacy is a growing part of any approach to skills development; existing tools to develop and assess digital literacy place too little emphasis on children; and countries who plan to embrace digital literacy programs should do in a thoughtful manner from a context-driven approach. With support from UNICEF, the Vietnam Ministry of Education is drafting its first ever digital literacy framework with the focus on children. The recent global COVID-19 outbreak has further highlighted the need for effective online knowledge transfer solutions that can easily be developed, deployed and scaled up.
In this context, UNICEF is granting CFC Vietnam and its technology partners, OMT and EON Reality funding to implement a program in 2020-2021 to develop, test and institutionalize technology-based innovation at pre-school & secondary schools in a number of cities and provinces in Vietnam, starting with Hanoi, Lao Cai, Kon Tum and Dong Thap.
The program aims to empower and support teachers with new approaches to collaborative and adaptive learning in order to yield measurable impacts on learning outcomes of students, focusing on on digital literacy & transferable skills. Ultimately, this program contributes to strengthening of Vietnam’s national capacity to develop and manage inclusive, equitable and quality policies, programs and budgets for the integration of digital literacy and transferable skills into Viet Nam’s education system. Specifically, the program aims to introduce and build-up capability of teachers in using AVR (Augmented and Virtual Reality) as an innovative tool in preschool (kindergarten) and lower secondary schools to support digital learning in remote areas, with a special focus to ethnic minority girls. The relevance and sustainability of this pilot program will be assessed for introduction of technology elements in teaching and learning in two education levels. From this pilot program, it is expected to provide recommendations for medium-term actions, contributing to the country’s digital literacy framework with the focus on children.
EON Reality’s AVR Platform enables the use of existing smartphones and tablets to deliver immersive education and training experiences in Augmented and Virtual Reality – and provides teachers and trainers with a no-code platform to easily create applications from access to over 800,000 assets. In Vietnam, concurrently with the implementation of this UNICEF-sponsored pilot program, CFC and OMT also engage teachers, lecturers from the VNU Education University, Vietnam National College for Education, the Olympia Schools, Luong Van Can High School, to create Vietnam-specific lessons on the AVR Platform for their own classes and for sharing with the Vietnamese teacher community.