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Challenge

The world is changing fast and with it the context in which children grow up. Education systems must adapt but are challenged by the pace of change. Da Nang is a typical example of a fast-expanding city. The Da Nang city services are consciously working to safeguard that the full potential of urban development benefits all citizens – in-cluding many newcomers. The urban growth can soon however exhaust the capacity of pub-lic schools while it can also bring urban stressthat the children experience into the classroom.

Goal

Education system practitioners in Da Nang and Vi-etnam are equipped with a deeper understanding of the urban barriersto learning in the early years and have established a community of practice that will contribute to the education system’s capacity to adapt to the fast-changing realities in society.

Approach

Starting from the teacher experience and by monitoring children’s development in an urban setting, the project will iden-tify the key urban barriers to early learn-ing of 3 to 5-year olds from poor families.The project will assist pre-schools in Son Tra Dis-trict, Da Nang City to apply the Process Oriented Child Monitoring methodology to guarantee a differentiated approach for children that grow up in a challenging urban context. It will also pilot an innovative methodology to deal with urban stress in pre-schools and gather academ-ic and government experts around the find-ings. This will start a community of education practitioners that can provide policy advice.

Partners

  • Da Nang Department of Education and Training
  • University of Da Nang – University of Science and Education
  • Department of Teachers and Education Administrators – Ministry of Education and Training