Project name: Special Education Phase 1 and 2 in Hanoi, Vietnam
Host partner: National College for Education (NCE) Hanoi
Singapore partners: AWWA Singapore, individual volunteers from Singapore's special education sector
Project aim: To address the shared challenge of educating students with diverse abilities and needs.
Duration: 2010 - 2017
Outcomes: This project upgraded the skills and knowledge of local special educators working with children with disabilities and trained them in running a special education resource centre. The first phase took place from 2010 to 2012 and saw specialist SIVs from AWWA in Singapore conducting six training workshops for 35 Vietnamese lecturers and teachers from NCE and other provincial special education centres. Training topics included early intervention, curriculum development, and centre and programme management. At least 300 students benefitted from the resulting enhanced capacities of their teachers.
The second phase took place from 2015 to 2017. 22 SIVs from various special schools and institutions in Singapore conducted four training workshops for 40 Vietnamese special educators, focusing on speech and occupational therapy for children under the age of 12. A symposium featuring speakers from both Singapore and Vietnam was also held, and it was attended by more than 100 special education professionals from Hanoi.