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.

Project name: Pedagogical Skills for English Teachers in Hanoi, Vietnam

Host partner: Hanoi Department of Education and Training

Singapore partner: Individual volunteers from Singapore’s education sector

Project aim:To enhance the standards of pedagogical training for English teachers in Hanoi.

Duration: 2012 - 2015

Outcomes: This train-the-trainers project upgraded the pedagogical knowledge and skills of 60 secondary English teachers in Hanoi. Over 150 local teachers took part in three training workshops that focused on quality questioning and project facilitation. Of these participants, 12 trainees were identified to co-train with the Singapore International Volunteer team and eventually take over the role of training their colleagues.