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Last Saturday I visited Gia Thuy Lower Secondary School in Long Bien, to see a big school festival on their parade ground, called “Power of the Games”.
As I was shown around a line of kiosks, individually decorated on an Olympic theme, I saw anew the creative vitality of Vietnamese children. One little boy had rigged up some netting, strewn with medals. “This shows how the games pull out all sorts of talent which lies hidden everywhere”, he explained.
In fact the talent was on open display in the dancing and singing extravaganza which followed, featuring over eight hundred children from twenty schools around Hanoi. There was a competitive element to this, and judging, but it would be fair to say, like the Dodo in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, that everybody won and all deserved prizes. (So did the one hundred teachers who made it happen, and the Ministry and Departments of Education and Training who are our partners.)
Festivals have also been held in Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, and Hai Phong and Quang Ning will follow. It is all part of the British Council “Connecting Classrooms” programme, which also enables Vietnamese students and teachers to interact online with peers around the world.
I felt the same child-like gratification, free of concerns about past or future, when I was taught another lesson after opening our new teaching centre at the Brendon School in Hanoi last month. You can see how I got on in this short British Council video.
Vietnam’s future couldn’t be in better hands.