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Vietnamese children concerned about learning pressure

May 21, 2020 | 12:18

A recent survey has found that learning pressure is the biggest challenge faced by children due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A student from Nguyen Van Huyen Secondary School in Hanoi attends an online lesson on Hanoi Television. (Photo: Vietnamnet)

The result was released at an online meeting held on Monday in Hanoi in which participants discussed effect of the pandemic on the development of children and set forth measures to support them.

It is part of a programme "Happy family, to fight COVID" organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)’s Department of Child Affairs, Management and Sustainable Development Institute, Child Rights Governance Network, and International Save-the-Children Organisation.

Ninh Thi Hong, deputy chairwoman of the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights, said the association has collaborated with some agencies in conducting a survey to understand the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on children.

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Most children said that online learning left negative effects on their health (Photo: Labor)

The survey was conducted in 28 provinces and cities from April 15 to April 30 with more than 707 children and under-18s; and 2,027 caregivers.

Most children said that online learning left negative effects on their health. They didn’t know how to use the internet safely while few caregivers had the same thought.

Although the survey only accessed children who are connected to the network, it exposed some opinions of a number of children and residents. Thus, appropriate methods could be established based on the collected ideas, reported by Vietnamnet.

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Students of all grades are under great pressure of study and examinations (Photo: Labor)

According to Dong Nai News, children are under great pressure of study and examinations. Although there has been a reduction in the curriculum of the Ministry of Education and Training, many teachers are forced to compile more study materials for children to self-study, therefore, increased learning pressure for children.

However, schools and families can reduce this psychological burden on children. The missing knowledge of this school year can be gradually recovered during the summer holidays and at the beginning of the next school year.

Vu Kim Hoa, deputy director of the Department of Child Affairs said a campaign has also been launched to instruct both adults and children on how to use the internet wisely and safely.

The department has worked with other domestic and international organisations in building guidelines to ensure the safety for children and women at concentrated quarantine centres. Measures to prevent accidents for children including drowning with useful tips have also been provided, she said.

Hoa said the department was developing a training programme on mental health support for parents and caregivers.

It was also coordinated with United Nations Children’s Fund and other international organisations in preparing a communication campaign on child safety in the face of COVID-19, she said.

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