(updated on 24 Sept. 2021, ATA)
Global Federation of Vietnamese Teachers Unions Charter
Preamble: VNTU Charter aims to promote ethical behaviour of all stakeholders in the education sector – especially teachers – in these fifteen articles.
As a member of VNTU, we hereby pledge to support the promotion of VNTU Charter that has been adopted by the AGM session on October 1, 2020.
During this session, a shorter Vietnamese version prepared by Mr. Dang Phuoc, has been accepted by the Vietnam’s Chapter.
Article 1. The essential task of teachers is to respect the individuality of children, discover and develop abilities, take care of the educational and training process, always towards the formation of moral and ethical sense in future people and citizens lives, by educatiing children and youth in a spirit of democracy, peace and friendship between people.
Article 2. Teachers’ rights are not dependent on sex, race, color, and regardless of beliefs and personal stereotypes, provided they do not impose their beliefs and prejudices on their children. Teachers are not penalized as their education complies with the provisions of Article 1.
Article 3. Teachers have the right to make arrangements for measures to protect them against arbitrary decisions that affect their terms of service and careers. Specifically, safeguards should be in place against arbitrary decisions about hiring, apprenticeship, appointment, promotion, or disciplinary action.
Article 4. With regard to educational curriculum and practice, the pedagogical and professional freedoms of teachers must be respected, initiatives should be encouraged, especially in the choice of methods. teaching and textbooks, as well as in the study of pedagogical and professional issues, through teacher representatives.
Article 5. Teachers must have the freedom to participate in professional organizations and these organizations must have the right to represent teachers in all circumstances.
Article 6. All teachers shall have the right to academic and professional training to the highest possible standards, including the educational requirements for admission to the university level. Social and financial circumstances should not become a barrier to prevent a student from studying to become a teacher.
Article 7. Teachers should be given opportunities to continue their professional development. They have the right to participate in supplementary courses with necessary financial support, including providing special conditions for them to visit and exchange abroad to help them have practical knowledge. about their own lives at home as well as abroad.
Article 8. Teachers are paid a salary consistent with the importance of the social and educational functions they undertake, so that they can devote fully to the profession without having to worry about finances. For teachers with equal qualifications and working years, it is necessary to apply the principle of fair pay, equal work, the same salary, regardless.
Article 9. Teachers are entitled to paid leave for the entire school vacation, to receive paid sick leave and to a full allowance, including allowances for widows, children and dependents.
Article 10. Teachers have the right to be in suitable conditions, with the necessary equipment and to class sizes small enough for effective instruction.
Article 11: School equipment should not depend on the social status of students as well as the type of school, but only on the purpose or needs of education. Schools should be provided with suitable accommodation to enable qualified staff to handle specialized services such as medical and dental care, and providing school meals. and physical education. The school also needs to have laboratories, seminar rooms and libraries.
Article 12. Schools should contribute to personality development. A humanitarian principle, consistent with the dignity of both students and teachers, is to eliminate oppression and violence.
Article 13. Children with behavior deviations should be taught in special classes in order to adjust as soon as possible so that they can enter the normal classroom and lead a normal life. Children with physical disabilities who cannot participate in normal school activities need to be educated in special schools, using methods that are appropriate for their characteristics and disability.
Article 14. It is necessary to support educational research in educational institutions, where experimentation of the method can be conducted under appropriate conditions, in order to accelerate progress in theory and practice. about education. An informational service is required to publish research results.
Article 15. Through their elected representatives, teachers should have the opportunity to formulate policies to improve the governance of their schools and their professional practice.”
What Members Say About This
We are now proposing the original text of this Charter during our training sessions to Vietnamese-speaking participants to collect more ideas for improvement of the text in the process.Anita H., Vietnam Hoc Institute
Not only must we include Education for All on our Agenda, we must also include Ethics in the context of the Vietnamese culture. Our Globethics.net training program “Culture and Ethics in Vietnam Context” aims to help learners understand Ethics in their own culture.Globethics.net Academy
The right to a quality education is, I believe, the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations. Without such a right, the values of liberty, justice and equality will have no meaning. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind.Brainy Quotes
The proposed text is excellent. However, we think Vietnamese teachers at home tend to have shorter text with more focus on practical ethical issues. At the October 1, 2020 AGM, the VNTU delegates in Vietnam had opted for a short version of 10 articles for the Vietnamese Chapter.Dan P.
I am glad that the younger generation of Vietnamese diaspora is active in promoting values-based education to teachers in Vietnam. Thank you and keep going…Viet Nho N.