The Hanoitimes – For a long time, Hanoi has been the country’s largest centre for education and training. The Hanoi Department of Education and Training is planning to build an additional 350 schools meeting national standards between 2016 and 2020.
Providing more land to build schools in the capital’s inner districts such as Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, Dong Da, and Hoang Mai is also essential to realise the target. Hanoi had 537 national standard schools in the 2011-2015 period, making up 44.8 percent of the city’s total schools. Long Bien and Bac Tu Liem districts, in particular, had over 80 percent of schools meeting national standards.
In addition, students and teachers from 20 junior and senior high schools in Hanoi have shared their opinions on how to build safe, accountable and child-friendly schools in recent conference.
The event, as part of a three-year initiative which aims at protecting adolescent girls aged 11 – 18 from violence at school, was co-hosted by the non-governmental organisation Plan Vietnam and the municipal Department of Education and Training.
A six-grade schoolgirl shared via the project, her school held a meaningful fair, enabling students to express their anti-violence messages through creative handmade products.
In a poll of 3,000 Hanoi’s students, 80 percent of the participants said they experienced gender-based violence at school at least once in their lifetime. Among those victims, 73 percent suffered from mental harassment, 41 percent were physically assaulted, and 19 percent got involved in sexual abuse cases.
The issues are attributable to remnants of a male chauvinist society and gender stereotype. Besides, weak management and protection for the victims from school’s administrative board, parents and media coverage also make the problem worse.