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International Review of Education

, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 205–219 | Cite as

Towards a lifelong learning society through reading promotion: Opportunities and challenges for libraries and community learning centres in Viet Nam

  • Zakir HossainEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

The government of Viet Nam has made a commitment to build a Lifelong Learning Society by 2020. A range of related initiatives have been launched, including the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Centre for Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL) and “Book Day” – a day aimed at encouraging reading and raising awareness of its importance for the development of knowledge and skills. Viet Nam also aims to implement lifelong learning (LLL) activities in libraries, museums, cultural centres and clubs. The government of Viet Nam currently operates more than 11,900 Community Learning Centres (CLCs) and is in the process of both renovating and innovating public libraries and museums throughout the country. In addition to the work undertaken by the Viet Nam government, a number of enterprises have been initiated by non-governmental organisations and non-profit organisations to promote literacy and lifelong learning. This paper investigates some government initiatives focused on libraries and CLCs and their impact on reading promotion. Proposing a way forward, the paper confirms that Viet Nam’s libraries and CLCs play an essential role in promoting reading and building a LLL Society.

Keywords

Learning society Lifelong learning Library Reading and literacy promotion Community learning centres Viet Nam 

Résumé

Vers une société d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie par la promotion de la lecture : opportunités et défis pour les bibliothèques et centres d’apprentissage communautaire du Viet Nam – Le Gouvernement du Viet Nam s’est engagé à édifier d’ici 2020 une Société d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie. Une série d’initiatives afférentes a été lancée, dont le Centre d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie de l’Organisation des ministres de l’éducation d’Asie du Sud-Est (SEAMEO CELLL), et une Journée du livre dans le but de stimuler la lecture et de sensibiliser à son importance pour le développement des connaissances et compétences. Le Viet Nam programme en outre des activités d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie dans les bibliothèques, musées, centres culturels et clubs. Le gouvernement gère actuellement plus de 11900 centres d’apprentissage communautaire, et a entamé un projet rénovateur et innovant pour les bibliothèques et musées publics du pays. Parallèlement à cette action gouvernementale, plusieurs entreprises ont été initiées par des organisations non gouvernementales ou à but non lucratif à promouvoir l’alphabétisation et l’apprentissage tout au long de la vie. L’auteur de l’article examine plusieurs initiatives du gouvernement destinées aux bibliothèques et centres d’apprentissage communautaire ainsi que leur impact sur la promotion de la lecture. Dans sa proposition d’une voie à suivre à l’avenir, l’auteur confirme que ces institutions occupent au Viet Nam une place prépondérante dans la promotion de la lecture et la création d’une société d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh CityHCMCViet Nam

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