Vietnamese learn Chinese history in schools
SCHOOLWARD! in Vietnam
Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia, borders China to the north and Cambodia and Laos to the west. The country is young, dynamic and, in a charming way, bustling, because life basically happens on the street, everywhere there are people, mopeds, food stalls, street cafes and around every corner there is a surprise. At the same time there are wonderful landscapes, miles of beaches and impressive sights. As a SCHULWÄRTS! Scholarship holder in Vietnam you have the opportunity to get a deep insight into Vietnamese culture through close contact with teachers and students and to travel to a fascinatingly beautiful country at the same time.
The role of German
Germany has an overall good reputation in Vietnam - also for historical reasons - and interest in studying or training in Germany is increasing, especially among the growing middle class. The Goethe Institutes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City oversee eight PASCH schools. The aim is to strengthen the partner schools in the development and expansion of an expanded range of foreign languages and thus to support them in the process of internationalization. German is mostly learned after English as a free elective with three to four hours per week and without grades. The German program at the schools supervised by the Goethe-Institut is based on the respective school context and aims at acquiring basic knowledge (A1 / A2 level).
In summer courses for young people, exhibitions, competitions, music tours, alumni events and school projects with a focus on STEM, environmental protection and media education, the students improve their language skills, strengthen their intercultural skills and experience regional studies. The SCHULWÄRTS! Scholarship holders and alumni are intensively involved in the initiation, implementation and follow-up of these additional offers.
A nice example: In autumn 2016 SCHULWÄRTS! Alumni organized a youth exchange, at which fifteen Vietnamese PASCH students traveled to Germany with accompanying teachers, where they met German young people and spent two weeks in Germany getting to know projects, initiatives and companies. who are committed to nature conservation. The young people collected and discussed ideas for a sustainable lifestyle and they developed specific projects and actions at their schools. Back in Vietnam, the students presented what they had learned, discussed their ideas with classmates and developed environmental activities from them.
Teaching in Vietnam
Education is a valuable asset in Vietnam and the education system is subject to a constant reform process. The literacy rate is around 94%. Parents attach great importance to the good education of their children and invest considerable parts of their disposable income in tutoring, studies and stays abroad.
The school system is divided into three classes: elementary (grades 1-5), middle (grades 6-9) and high school (grades 10-12). In order to be admitted to secondary schools, middle school students have to pass demanding entrance exams. The vocational school follows on from the middle or high school. A university degree is required for most service occupations.
Some things are different at Vietnamese schools than in Germany: there are usually around 36 students in a class, there are roll calls on Mondays, school uniforms, a podium and, in some cases, a microphone for the teachers, a portrait of Ho Chi Minh in every classroom and lessons on Saturday.
The possible internship period
The Vietnamese school year officially starts in September. The school year runs until the end of May, after which the summer vacation begins. Around the Vietnamese Lunar New Year TET (around January-February) there are around two weeks of vacation. Exam times vary from school to school, but around mid-November / December and early / mid-April. SCHULWÄRTS! - Volunteers are always deployed for 3 months from mid-September or mid-February.
Voices of the SCHOOLWARD! Alumni"The Vietnamese school offers many opportunities to try out teachers in a very loving environment. Open-hearted and inquisitive learners are very happy to have teachers from abroad. You can travel very cheaply on the weekends and, above all, eat deliciously and cheaply through Vietnamese cuisine . " (Don - chemistry and biology)
"The food in Vietnam is just amazing and made my internship a very special stay. The fresh soups at lunchtime were fantastic. Then all the herbs and spices - I taught and ate. The many festivities and holidays, the pompous, The loud and colorful celebrations, sometimes also in schools, were something very special. Every way to school was a little adventure for me. The traffic in Vietnam is pretty blatant. My Vietnamese colleagues and friends are all very helpful, open and been communicative. You showed me a lot and made a lot possible. That was great. " (Clara - Economics and English)
"In Vietnam, the family is very important, you look after each other and usually live in the same house (how practical!).
Education is very important for the Vietnamese. A lot of knowledge is required at school. Once I saw a math worksheet that was left behind on the teacher's desk. We only use such formal spellings in the university and that should be the subject matter of the 10th grade ?! I was very surprised! The students literally live in school. In addition to their lessons, they attend extra lessons (because otherwise they would never manage the material), clubs, or meet up with friends. When I left school at 6 p.m. after my German club, it was still busy!
The German rooms in Hanoi were better equipped with media than many German classrooms!
Vietnam is the ideal internship country for anyone who likes to plan and structure too much. A lot is done spontaneously. It's always exciting to see what can be done in a week (or even a day). Everything is possible in Hanoi! "(Maren - Art and Mathematics)
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