Born in a family of civil servants, after having excellently graduated Business Administration at International University (National University of Ho Chi Minh City), Huynh Hanh Phuc worked for a large company in Vietnam.
Huynh Hanh Phuc – who brought Teach for to Vietnam
It is said that the story of a Binh Dinh boy stopped here, but that is just a preparation for a new beginning. After one year of work, Phuc resigned and applied for a scholarship from the University of Missouri (USA).
By the end of 2012, he co-founded and ran the business bookstores in three cities including Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hanoi – where GMAT, CFA and IELTS courses have been offered.
In Missouri, Phuc applied for a Harvard Scholarship. He said that he came to Harvard by the fateful arrangement, and the motivation for him to apply for Harvard was also “very sweet”. “I decided to apply to Harvard after watching the movie of” Harvard Love Story”. It sounds funny but very real, “he said.
In August 2013, Phuc enrolled in Public Policy at Harvard University with a scholarship of $ 88,000 for two years.
Having graduated from Harvard, Phuc chose Vietnam to work as a strategic manager for an upstream shipping company with salary of VND 100 million per month. But another community education project made him abandon his position and income at that time.
In 2015, Phuc graduated Public Policy from Harvard University.
Phuc learned about Teach for All from October 2015 through a Harvard classmate. Teach for All is a non-profit international education organization founded in 1989, now in 44 countries around the world, including 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Teach for Vietnam is one of them.
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Teach for All is a wave of education that has been included in the Strategic Plan and Policy Advocacy by the ASEAN Ministers of Education. The solution this organization offered is the selection of outstanding young people with competitive skills from multiple disciplines, training the necessary skills for continuous teaching process before and during 2 years.
Young people selected for Teach for Vietnam will initially teach English to students in schools, organize extracurricular activities, share active teaching experiences with teachers in the system, make projects to improve and support local education.
Currently, Teach for Vietnam has been allowed by Tay Ninh province to implement programs in public schools to enhance human resource awareness in the province. Currently, the group has started teaching summer programs to children. In addition to attending class in conjunction with the school’s English teachers, the group will host other extracurricular activities in the afternoon, organize community projects related to English, integrate soft skills into classroom and activities.
“Some of the important parts of the locality they need will be taught by us. For example, Tay Ninh is focusing on high quality agriculture and we will teach agriculture, nature, animals … in English. “
“Teach for Vietnam aims to foster leadership in three places: classroom, school and community. In classroom, children are still learning the curriculum framework of the Ministry with the integration of soft skills, applying new teaching methods with supporting materials. At school, the team will work with teachers, principals to raise awareness of the importance of English language skills, including listening, speaking, vocabulary. In addition to the community, the group will build extra-curricular activities, arts programs, etc. “- Phuc shared.
Their ambition is not only to improve English communication skills for pupils and teachers, especially those in remote and mountainous areas, but also to improve soft skills for children in such locations.
“However, soft skills are very difficult to assess and many countries are facing this problem, not Vietnam alone. Teach for Vietnam is ambitious and strives to provide these. “The group’s aspiration is not only to improve the ability of English communication for pupils and teachers, especially in remote areas, but also want to foster soft skills for children in these localities”
Outside of Tay Ninh, the group is also working with some other provinces, and Phuc’s goal is try their best in the first province so that the movement later spreads out more easily.
When being asked if he had ever regretted leaving a good job for a community project with a lot of difficulties, Phuc said: “I always feel that I got more than that I gave. The savings from the old company, the scholarships, the energy, the material that I put in, I always get more. I am very happy to learn something from Teach for Vietnam. “
“I’m not trying to define what success is, but trying to be a better person, as long as there are many things that affect many people. And through that process, many people know, want to support and want to cooperate, which will create a meaningful movement.
Source: VietNamNet Newspaper