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MCNV celebrates 50 Years in Amsterdam

Some 175 guests attended the 50th anniversary of MCNV in Amsterdam. Donors from the very first days of MCNV, Mr. Pham Toan Thang and Mr. Nguyen Hai Tinh from the Embassy of Vietnam, staff from Vietnam, Lao PDR and Amsterdam, Supervisory Board members, ex-staff, ex-board members, Ms Mette Gonggrijp from the Dutch Ministery of Foreign Affairs, project partners and friends joined in the celebration in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.

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Short documentary on CANTEEN project

This summer, Dutch journalist Frans Glissenaar travelled to Nong district in Lao PDR to make a documentary on our CANTEEN project. The result of his journey is a so-called IPhone documentary, shot completely with his IPhone.

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School based mental health care: MCNV’s pilot model in Quang Tri

MCNV Vietnam Country Director Pham Dung gave remarks at the workshop

On December 21st 2018, an evaluation workshop on the School-based Mental Health Care Project took place at Huu Nghi Hotel in Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province. Representatives of MCNV, Provincial Department of Education and Training, Provincial Health Service, Preventive Health Center and nearly 30 high schools in the province attended the workshop. At the workshop, MCNV and the stakeholders reviewed the current situation of mental health (MH) among high school students, the interventions that MCNV and local partners have implemented in the project, remarkable results and proposed directions in the coming time.

The School-based Mental Health Care project has been piloted at Vinh Linh High School since May 5th 2017 with the aim of reducing the rate of students having, and being at risk of having, MH problems, building capacity in MH care for teachers, and improving knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of students and parents in MH care. Before the project started, MCNV conducted a survey on the MH situation of high school students in Quang Tri province. The survey results showed that up to 11.8% of high school students had MH problems and 20.86% were at risk of having MH problems.

For 18 months of implementing the project, MCNV has collaborated with the Department of Education and Training of Quang Tri Province and Vinh Linh High School to implement various activities, including establishing a MH care counseling team at the school, training to improve knowledge and skills in MH for the counseling team, sharing these knowledge and skills with other teachers in the school, using the SDQ25 tool (of the World Health Organization) to survey and monitor the students’ MH status, counseling for students having MH problems, organizing MH communication activities, and promoting information sharing and interactions about students’ MH issues via Facebook. In the implementation process, some activities were technically assisted by Da Nang Psychiatric Hospital.

The activities mentioned above have contributed to helping the teachers of Vinh Linh High School and the counseling team have basic knowledge and skills in detecting and intervening with students having MH problems, and at the same time changing the perception, attitudes and behaviors of teachers, students and parents about MH care. The comparison of the survey results at the beginning and at the end of the project has showed that the percentage of students with MH problems has decreased to 4.97% (compared to 9.32% before intervention) and the percentage of students at risk of having MH problems has decreased to 12.88% (compared with 17.74% before intervention).

With the positive results of this pilot project, the Department of Education and Training of Quang Tri Province and the high schools have proposed MCNV to replicate the project model to other high schools in the province. MCNV will try to mobilize funding in the coming time to meet this expectation.

To understand more about the School-based MH Care Project, you can refer to the materials for teachers and students at the Publications of this website and watch the following video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDek9rLsw4c&t=53s

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50 years MCNV: untold stories

Another article about MCNV on the occasion of the 50th anniversary is posted on the Vietnam Times of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations. Information and stories about MCNV’s former advisor Ron Marchand and loyal donor Suus van Hekken are lively shared in this article. Here is the link to the article.

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Improving the communication on sexual and reproductive health for high school students in Dien Bien

On July 30 2018 at the Meeting Hall of the Dien Bien Department of Education and Training, a workshop was conducted to expand the project on “Improving the communication on sexual and reproductive health for high school students in the mountainous areas of Dien Bien province” in 2018.

Participating in the workshop were Mr. Pham Dung, MCNV’s Vietnam Country Director, Mr. Mai Van Tien, Head of the International Cooperation Unit, Department of External Relations, Dien Bien province, Mr. Nguyen Manh Quan, Deputy Director of Dien Bien Department of Education and Training, and representatives of the High School Department, Head Masters and Youth Union’s Secretaries of two boarding schools for ethnic minority students in Dien Bien city and Eastern Dien Bien district.

Mr. Pham Dung, MCNV’s Vietnam Country Director and Mr. Nguyen Manh Quan, Deputy Director of Dien Bien Department of Education and Training were signing into the contract to expand the project.

Mr. Pham Dung, MCNV’s Vietnam Country Director and Mr. Nguyen Manh Quan, Deputy Director of Dien Bien Department of Education and Training were signing into the contract to expand the project.

As in the plan to expand the project, MCNV will support the two boarding schools for ethnic minority students in Dien Bien city and Eastern Dien Bien district with EUR 7,000 to improve the communication on sexual and reproductive health for high school students in the mountainous areas of Dien Bien province in 2018, between July 2018 and October 2018.

The main purpose of the expansion is after the project ends, about 900 students at ages 15 to 19 will be equipped with better knowledge, awareness and behaviors about sexual and reproductive health. At least 60 high school teachers will have better knowledge and skills to communicate and teach their students about this issue.

Mr. Quoc Anh, MCNV’s Program Coordinator explained about the expansion of the project.

(Dien Bien Department of Education and Training)

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PACCOM issues Working License to MCNV Vietnam

On August 6, 2018, at the Vietnam People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM), PACCOM’s representatives awarded the working license to MCNV Vietnam. The license will be valid until February 4, 2023.

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departure of general director Guus Paardekooper

Last week, after a period of extensive discussions, the Supervisory Board of MCNV and Guus Paardekooper, General Director, have decided to end their collaboration. A difference of opinion on the MCNV policy for the coming years and more specific on its strategy and timing are at the root of this decision.

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