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According to Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Huu Do, after 8 years, the network of educational facilities, with the core being those for continuing education, has been developed and expanded.

Thanks to the project, the network of educational establishments was expanded nationwide. The country now has over 17,000 continuing education centres, providing non-formal education for out-of-school youth and adults. There are also more than 10,000 community learning centres across the country.

The country has completed universalisation of pre-school education for five-year-old children and primary education for children of school age.

Literacy classes have been organized for more than 300,000 people aged 15 – 60, over the last eight years.

Over the next ten years, the learning society programme will focus on enhancing public awareness of the benefits of life-long education, stepping up the use of information technology in education.

The programme will also forge a closer link between formal and continuing education, and between education in both the family and society.

On the occasion, Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son awarded certificates of merit to 71 collectives and 92 individuals for their excellent performances in implementing the programme to build a learning society during the 2012-2020 period.

In the next phase from 2021 – 2030, the project aims to help Vietnam develop an open, flexible and connected education system and make sure all people will have an equal opportunity to access high-quality life-long education.

Vietnam met the national standard for literacy in 2000, with 94 percent of the population aged between 15 and 35 literate, compared to more than 95 percent of the population being unable to read or write in 1945. The literacy rate in this age group increased to 98.1 percent in 2016./.