Da Nang: Learning through Play in primary education

Play-based pedagogies are proven to help children gain a breadth of skills, thus fostering critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving competencies that are crucial in today’s fast-changing world.

Representatives from the VVOB introducing iPLAY features to pupils from the Ong Ich Duong Primary School. Source: Da Nang Today

The school culture in present day Vietnam is highly academic and results-oriented. Classroom practice is therefore very teacher-centered and knowledge-focused.

To transform the knowledge-focused education system into an education system that equips learners with a breadth of skills, the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) is rolling out a new, competency-based curriculum. Learning through Play (LtP) pedagogies have great potential to contribute to achieving the objectives of the new curriculum.

The most noticeable features of the Play-based Learning Activities for Young learners (iPLAY) project have been introduced to Da Nang primary students.

Developed by Belgium-headquartered VVOB, the project is being carried out in Da Nang and seven other Vietnamese localities during the 2019 -2023 period.

The project aims to supports the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to achieve the objectives of the new curriculum by integrating Learning through Play (LtP) pedagogies into its in-service primary teacher professional development (TPD) system. 

Under the project, focus is on developing pedagogical materials for teachers to learn how to embed playful learning activities in their teaching of the new curriculum, and for school leaders and district education officials to create an enabling environment for LtP.

In combination with five large-scale in-service trainings and school-based TPD, iPLAY develops teachers’ attitudes, knowledge and skills to incorporate LtP-pedagogies in the classroom.

Applying a three-step scaling strategy in Viet Nam, iPLAY will reach about 15,000 schools with a combined total of three million students and more than 150,000 teachers across the country by 2023.

To mark this occasion, there primary schools, namely Ong Ich Duong in Cam Le District), Hoa Bac in Hoa Vang District and Hoa Vang in Lien Chieu District received meaningful iPLAY packages.

In reality, play-based pedagogies are proven to help children gain a breadth of skills, thus fostering critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving competencies that are crucial in today’s fast-changing world.

VVOB - education for development is an international non-profit with over 35 years of experience in improving education systems.

Through capacity development, VVOB provides support to ministries of education in Africa, Asia and South America to improve (initial) professional development of teachers and school leaders in early childhood, primary, general secondary, and technical and vocational education.

Anh Tu