Viet Nam’s Green Growth Strategy (VGGS) for the period 2012 – 2020 with vision to 2050 confirms the country’s aspiration for a more sustainable development path after two decades of rapid and energy-intensive economic growth. It also sets out ambitious targets for the greening of industries and the protection of the country’s natural resources and environment. The availability of a skilled, environmentally savvy workforce is central to the attainment of such targets.
The VGGS, as well as other government’s guiding policies, e.g. the Prime Minister’s decision on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), give directions for the systematic integration of education for sustainable development (EDS) into all levels of the national education system. In line with that vision, in the framework of the Programme Reform of TVET in Viet Nam Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) cooperates with the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) to introduce, implement and promote a Green TVET system that prepares learners for the transition of the economy from energy-intensive to clean and green production and service patterns.
The Programme Reform of TVET in Viet Nam cooperates with local TVET stakeholders to introduce and implement the UNESCO-UNEVOC’s whole-institution approach to greening TVET which includes five main components: greening the campus, greening the curriculum, greening research, greening the community and building a green culture. Within this approach, greening TVET activities are implemented on the foundation of quality vocational skills training and require the involvement of a well-defined management structure.
To support TVET institutes in their greening journey, practical activities in the five areas of TVET greening are implemented with and by TVET managers, teachers and students. The Programme Reform of TVET in Viet Nam also strives to establish environmental management systems at TVET institutes that are in line with industry standards.
At the state management level, the Programme Reform of TVET in Viet Nam provides capacity development and technical advice for policy-makers to integrate green elements in TVET policies and regulations and to disseminate good greening practices within the system.