LookAtVietnam – Vietnamese parents and students now have many choices for
the training courses on life skills. Well off families can send their children
to overseas summer courses, while others can bring their children to domestic
Big changes have happened in Vietnamese parents’ thoughts. Instead of trying to
stuff in their children’s heads with as much as possible knowledge, they now
want their children to learn life skills to get adapted to circumstances.
Especially, a lot of parents, who once studied and worked in developed economies
and received the western education, believe that it would be better to teach
children the method of thinking and the life skills, instead of too much
knowledge, because knowledge is inexhaustible, and it’s is impossible to teach
all the knowledge of the mankind.
Doan Thanh Huong in Hai Phong City said that her son has just returned from a
summer course in Singapore which was organized by Apollo English Center. The boy
was very excited about the trip, saying that he could practice English and
participate in many interesting activities.
“I wish I could have stayed there for one month,” the boy said. The mother feels
happy about the trip of the son, because she believes that summer is not the
time for lessons, but the time for play.
Huong Thuy, Director of the Huong Thuy Trade Company in Hai Phong City, said she
can update information about the girl’s trip to Singapore every day, and she
feels happy about the interesting trip of the little girl.
Nhi, the girl, suffered the nosebleed twice, but this turned out to be not a big
problem. The girl then received careful treatment from accompanied officers.
Especially, Nhi was shown the way to stop bleeding and compress with cold water.
Nhi was also advised to drink much water and reminded her to put a bucket of
water in her room in the evening to ease the dryness of the air.
A lot of summer training courses have been organized by schools, life skill and
youth education centers recently.
The Thien Hung Overseas Study Consultancy Firm has launched two overseas
training programs, which cost 28 million dong and 47 million dong for the
two-week courses in Singapore and Malaysia, respectively.
VUS has launched the programs on training life skills and English communication
skills in Singapore. The service packages and the service fees vary, depending
on the duration of the training courses.
The children to attend the one week course in Singapore, commenting from July 8,
would have to pay 1650 dollars, while the two week course, from June 24, would
cost 2650 dollars. Parents would have to pay 3650 dollars, or 77 million Vietnam
dong, for the three week trips to Singapore (2 weeks) and then to Malaysia (one
77 million dong is really a too big sum of money for many parents in Vietnam,
where those, who can earn 10 million dong a month would be listed as “high
Therefore, the parents, who cannot afford expensive overseas training course,
would choose domestic courses. Vu Quang Viet, a state agency officer, has
registered a training course at Cleverkids education center in Hanoi for his
son. The total fee for the training course, according to Viet, is 4.5 million
dong, affordable to many parents.
The attendants would participate in sports activities, learning to swim, learn
life skills such as using knives, helping parents do housework. They can also
learn what to do in case of fire or flooding and visit the craft villages and
historical sites in Hanoi.