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To reach their future potential, primary learners need a breadth of skills, including cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and creative skills. To transform the knowledge-focused education system into an education system that equips learners with 21st century skills, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) is rolling out a new, competency-based curriculum for the primary school level.

To support MOET in achieving the objectives of the new curriculum, VVOB – education for development (VVOB) is implementing “Integrating Play-based Learning Activities among Young Learners” (iPLAY) with the support of the LEGO Foundation (2019-2023). Through a combination of national in-service trainings and school-based Teacher Professional Development, VVOB will incorporate Learning through Play (LtP)-pedagogies in the classroom. To develop high-quality contextualized training materials for teachers and school leaders, VVOB conducted a baseline study covering the provinces of Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, Da Nang and Quang Tri. This report is the result of that study. It examines the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of key education actors in Vietnam.

The study was conducted by a dedicated team of VVOB staff members in June 2020. The team is grateful to the MoET, who supported this research, and to the staff of the various Departments of Education and Training at provincial and district levels of the four provinces, who shared their perspectives on learning through play with us. We also thank the National Women’s Union and its staff at provincial level, for giving us more insights into the perceptions of caregivers. In particular, we would like to thank all teachers, school leaders and caregivers who shared their personal opinions and their experiences, at school or at home, with us. Last, but not least, we are grateful for the logistical support of the administrative staff of all schools involved.

We hope that you will enjoy reading the results as much as we enjoyed collecting them. We look forward to your feedback!