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Vietnam Room to Read presentation


Presentation given by Truc Nguyen Tan Thanh from Vietnam's Room to Read program -- at Hands on Literacy 2010 in Singapore

Presentation given by Truc Nguyen Tan Thanh from Vietnam's Room to Read program -- at Hands on Literacy 2010 in Singapore

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  • 1. Efforts to Give Back: The Role of School Libraries in Vietnam Education
    Hands on Literacy Conference
    Singapore – November 13, 2010
    Presented by Nguyen Tan Thanh Truc (MLIS),
    Room to Read Vietnam
  • 2. Presentation Overview
    Barriers to establishing a reading culture in Vietnam
    Room to Read’s current efforts to address these barriers
    Moving forward – Next Steps
  • 3. What are the barriers to establishing a reading culture in Vietnam?
  • 4. Barrier #1 – Primary Education System: General
    There is no common message between educators and the government authority to value libraries as “the heart of the school and community.”
    Existing curriculum gives no time for free reading activities, and relies heavily on textbooks instead.
    Educators lack knowledge of children’s literature and how to select appropriate books for children to read.
    No budget and few options available when selecting books for school library
    High student/teacher ratio in classrooms
    Half-day schooling
    School libraries are not sufficiently valued in Vietnam.
  • 5. Barrier #1 – Primary Education System: School Libraries
    There are many school libraries in Vietnam’s Education System:
    However, the quality and use of these school libraries is questionable.
  • 6. Barrier #1 – Primary Education System: School Libraries – cont.
    Current school libraries lack:
    • Clear definition of purpose, roles and functions
    • 7. Quality materials and infrastructure, including space and furniture
    • 8. Trained librarians – initial training and ongoing support:
    • 9. Library work often falls to teachers who have teaching responsibilities and who lack necessary education and training
    • 10. Library activities
    • 11. Network and resource sharing
    • 12. Ability to promote reading to children, teachers and parents.
    School libraries are not fully functional in Vietnam.
  • 13. Barrier #2 – Current Library System
    No existing policies in place to support reading culture
    Inadequate financial investment
    Large disparity between rural and urban public libraries in regards to access and available resources
    Academic libraries do not provide enough useful resources, and specialized libraries are slow to innovate
    Decline in library use in Vietnam.
  • 14. Barrier #3 – Lack of Quality Children’s Books & Materials
    Very few authors and illustrators writing for children
    Available books and materials are usually translated
    Focus is on illustrations and not words/text
    Lack of research on children’s reading needs and interests
    Book leveling – no cooperation between educators and publishers
    Large access disparity between urban and rural areas
    Poor quality and low quantity of children’s books in Vietnam.
  • 15. Barrier #4 – Lack of Family & Community Involvement
    Illiterate parents
    No habit of parents regularly reading stories with children at home:
    Reading is not a priority – time and space are not available in home or community
    Low income makes it difficult to purchase books
    Lack of knowledge on how and where to access books
    Other habits have greater priority - watching television, reading news and playing games online
    Currently no national day for reading promotion in the community
    Reading is not a priority in the home or the community.
  • 16. Room to Read’s efforts to address these barriers
  • 17. Room to Read – Supporting School Libraries
    Since 2003, Room to Read (RtR) has launched467libraries in Vietnam primary schools; an additional 100 will be established in 2011.
    RtR supports these libraries over a three-year period, including teacher and librarian training and ongoing professional development.
    Local community needs inform the type of library selected for a given school, whether it is a mobile, separate, constructed or classroom library model.
  • 18. Renovated Reading Room
    Classroom Library
    Mobile Reading Room
    Constructed Reading Room – Inside and Outside
  • 19. Room to Read – Supporting School Libraries – cont.
    Books and Materials:
    Local language publishing program that creates quality children’s books and materials to fill gaps in the current market.
    Sourcing existing quality children’s books for all libraries that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.
    Between 3-5 books provided per student.
    Books are classified by reading level.
    Library Infrastructure:
    Special attention is given to library furniture, layout and design so that each library is inviting and accessible by all children.
  • 20. Display bookshelves in RRs
    Art corner in a CRR
    Decoration in a renovated RR’s wall
    A book shelve in CL
  • 21. Room to Read – Supporting School Libraries – cont.
    Teacher and Librarian Training:
    Designed by professional librarians internationally and reviewed and adapted by Vietnamese teachers and librarians to reflect Vietnam context and needs.
    Utilizes Train-the-Trainer model in partnership with BoET, DoET and local community partners.
    Targets school librarians, teachers and headmasters.
    Includes how to initially set-up library, manage the library and deliver engaging literacy activities for students.
    Works with schools on developing long-term sustainability strategies for the library beyond RtR’s 3-year support cycle.
  • 22. Some images on teachers and librarians’ training courses
  • 23. Room to Read – Supporting Vietnam’s Education System
    Working in partnership with BoET and DoET, RtR has:
    Provided training and professional development activities for headmasters, teachers and librarians
    Advocated for a designated reading period in all schools
    Increased family and community awareness and involvement
    Provided ongoing monitoring and support of libraries
    Provided long-term sustainability of libraries
  • 24. Room to Read – Supporting Family & Community Involvement
    Annual ceremony for International Literacy Day combined with the Opening School Year Day:
    Raises awareness on the importance of reading and school libraries and involves local authorities, public libraries, DoET leaders, headmasters, parents, teachers and students.
    Annual reading and writing contest for children:
    Provides opportunities for creative, imaginative and logical thinking and writing and involves DoET officers, authors and illustrators, headmasters, parents, teachers and students.
    Summer reading programs at schools:
    Increases time children can access books for reading during school break and involves local authority, BoET leaders, parents, teachers and students, news media, youth volunteer clubs and women clubs.
  • 25. Reading Day 2010.
    Art corner in a CRR
  • 26. Moving forward – Next Steps
  • 27. Next Steps at Room to Read Vietnam
    In 2011, RtR Vietnam will be focusing on:
    Establishing reading periods in all schools supported by RtR
    Increasing family and community engagement through events, summer program activities and targeted marketing campaigns
    Improving teacher and librarian training and ongoing professional development support, specifically on children’s habit of reading, book leveling/classification and reading period
  • 28. Bring a book to a child, create a lifelong learner for Vietnam’s Future
  • 29. Thank you!For more information about Room to Read: www.roomtoread.orgMy contact