September 8 proposed as Day of Vietnamese Language abroad

Thursday, 02/12/2021 16:44
September 8 was proposed as the day to honor the Vietnamese language in overseas Vietnamese communities at a workshop held on November 30 by the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Speaking at the workshop, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu said that for the community of 5.3 million Vietnamese people living and working in more than 130 countries and territories, the Vietnamese language is both the national pride and the firm foundation of the Vietnamese culture.

At the opening ceremony of a Vietnamese class in Kiev (Photo: VNA)

Over the past years, the preservation of the Vietnamese language in overseas Vietnamese communities has achieved important results, but still faces many difficulties due to the shortage of qualified teachers and learning materials.

The Vietnamese language is facing risks of sinking into oblivion among overseas Vietnamese communities, especially in younger generations.

Therefore, it is necessary to have a policy to honor the beauty, value and history of the Vietnamese language, so as to further promote the teachings and learning of the language in overseas Vietnamese communities.

Delegates attending the workshop all underlined the importance of a day to honor the Vietnamese language in order to maintain and promote Vietnamese culture in overseas Vietnamese communities.

Dr. Nguyen Thien Nam from the VNU University of Social Sciences and Humanities proposed September 8 as the day to honour Vietnamese language in overseas Vietnamese communities because it is the day when the movement known as Binh Dan Hoc Vu was launched in 1945 to eradicate illiteracy.

According to him, in order to honor the Vietnamese language, it is necessary to organize the teaching and learning of the language in the most effective way.

The Department for Continuing Education under the Ministry of Education and Training also supported the selection of September 8 and proposed organizing a contest on writing Vietnamese textbooks and create an online portal for learning Vietnamese.

A representative from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proposed to nominate ambassadors of language, culture and tourism to honor individuals, organizations and communities who have made great contributions to the promotion of Vietnamese culture abroad./.