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Beating the drum for education on TV

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An idea by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan to ask Vietnam National Television (VTV) to reserve 15 seconds daily of prime time TV to promote education has raised debate.


Nhan said at a conference reviewing the initiative "friendly schools, active students" on February 5 that it is necessary to "beat the drum" everyday to signal home learning time for students. In the 15-second program, besides giving the signal for self-learning time, there would also be images about education activities in localities.


The idea may become true on March 26, the anniversary of the Communist Youth Union establishment.


Ten years ago, VTV broadcasted ‘Nhung bong hoa nho' (the small flowers), a programme for children at 7 pm. Students were encouraged to go and learn after the program finished. However, Nhung bong hoa nho has been replaced by the news , while prime time tends to be reserved for popular movies and money making adverts .


Nhan's ideas have been applauded by many parents. Ha Thanh, a parent in Hanoi said that this is a very good idea because this helps remind adult of the importance of taking care of children's learning


Ha Phuong, a woman in Bac Ninh province, also advocated the idea, saying that it would be easy for VTV to set up. She also pointed out that many programs on VTV do not help educate children and actually often have a negative impact.


Ngoc Hung, a reader of VietNamNet wrote from Sweden that during the 15 seconds, it would be better to broadcast a reminder that Vietnam is still poor and that learning is the shortest and most effective way to help students and the country to escape from poverty.


However, Ngoc Quang in Khanh Hoa province and many others do not think this way. Quang said that students would automatically love studying if the Ministry of Education and Training to simplify the curriculums.


Meanwhile, Pham Sam from Thanh Hoa thinks that ‘beating the drum' on TV means having no respect for parents and their ability to assist their children in their education as they see fit.


The drum-beat in villages


In fact, using the drum-beat as the learning encouragement signal has been existing in Dinh Chu commune in Lap Thach district in Vinh Phuc province for many years.


Everyday, at 7.30 pm, after the drum beats, families in the commune automatically turn the volume of TV down, so that children can pay attention to learning.


"It is now the time for self-learning. Dear children, you need to sit to learn," the words sound after the drum beat.


In Quynh Tan commune, the poor mountainous locality of Nghe An province, at 7 pm in winter and 7.30 in summer, people hear words from loudspeakers reminding children to begin their self-learning time


The "education encouraging drum beat" has been spreading to many localities, from Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh and Quang Binh, Quang Tri.


Source: VietNamNet

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