Commemoration day to honor Vietnamese-language launched among overseas

4/8/2022| 8:50

Day of Vietnamese Language (September 8) is held to raise awareness among the overseas Vietnamese community about their mother tongue and to honor the beauty and values of the Vietnamese language.

Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh signed Decision No. 930/QD-TTg dated August 3, 2022 approving the project "Honoring Vietnamese language in the overseas community in the period of 2023-2030".

Commemoration day to honor Vietnamese-language launched among overseasOverseas teachers return to the homeland to attend training in teaching Vietnamese. (Photo: The World and Vietnam Magazine)

Honoring the beauty and value of the Vietnamese language in overseas communities

The project aims to raise the awareness of the expat Vietnamese towards their mother tongue, honoring the beauty and value of the Vietnamese language. It also encourages and honors individuals, organizations, and associations that have made active contributions to preserving and spreading the language in the overseas Vietnamese community, maintaining the use of Vietnamese in Vietnamese families abroad in daily activities, and introducing the language to local people of the host countries.

The project aims to create motivation to improve the efficiency and quality of teaching and learning Vietnamese in overseas communities, encourage the local government and educational institutions to bring the language into teaching systems in areas where Vietnamese people concentrate. It also supports universities and research institutes that have Vietnamese faculties or departments, and encourages local government to recognize Vietnamese as an official foreign language alongside other foreign languages ​​in suitable areas.

The project is implemented in the period of 2023-2030, concurrently with the Strategy for Cultural Diplomacy to 2030, approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 2013/QD-TTg dated 30/11/2021.

Diverse activities towards the Day of Vietnamese Language, which will be implemented throughout the year, can be held together with festivals and celebrations of the country's important holidays.

Commemoration day to honor Vietnamese-language launched among overseasYoung children learn Vietnamese in Russia. (Photo: VNA)

Periodical contests to honor "Ambassador of Vietnamese language abroad"

The project has set out tasks and solutions to honor the Vietnamese language in foreign countries, namely holding commemoration day on September 8 to raise the awareness of the overseas Vietnamese community about the language, cherishing the beauty and values of Vietnamese, assessing the needs of using Vietnamese on a daily basis, encouraging overseas citizens to learn their homeland's language and culture.

Notably, the project plans to hold an annual conference to celebrate the Day of Vietnamese Language. The event, held in both virtual and in-person forms, looks to connect overseas citizens through Vietnam's diplomatic missions abroad with domestic educational institutions, associations for liaison with overseas Vietnamese, associations for education promotion, and Vietnam linguistics associations.

According to the project, a periodical contest will be held to grant the title of "Ambassador of Vietnamese language abroad" to individuals and organizations who leave positive influences on the community through activities such as organizing systems of prestigious Vietnamese language textbooks, building bookcases/systems of materials for overseas children to learn Vietnamese, establishing free Vietnamese language classes for young Vietnamese abroad, winning awards in Vietnamese language contests at the national level. Ambassadors of the Vietnamese language abroad have the duty to promote the Vietnamese language through public activities, art, and mass media.

The project "Honoring Vietnamese language in the overseas community in the period of 2023-2030" also looks to organize an art performance named "Dear Vietnamese" in Vietnam and foreign countries. The event will feature performances of overseas artists to promote the Vietnamese language in the host countries.

The Vietnamese diplomatic representative missions abroad will coordinate with local authorities and embassies to organize activities to promote the languages ​​of other countries, integrating activities to celebrate the Day of Vietnamese Language with events for the Vietnamese people in the host countries. They will organize seminars to discuss Vietnamese language teaching and learning models for overseas communities, notably online teaching and exchange models among teachers and students, young people and relatives of overseas Vietnamese in host countries, Vietnamese language extracurricular activities, and summer camps for expat children).

Commemoration day to honor Vietnamese-language launched among overseasA Vietnamese class in Czech. (Photo: VNA)

Praising individuals who actively contribute to spreading the Vietnamese language

On the annual Day of Vietnamese Language, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperates with relevant ministries, branches, and agencies such as Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, associations for liaison with overseas Vietnamese, associations for education promotion, and Vietnam linguistics associations, to hold programs to grant gratitude, recognition and encouragement of individuals, families, organizations, and associations who have made active contributions to the conservation and promotion of Vietnamese language among overseas communities. Gratitude and recognition will also be granted to organizations, units, businesses, teachers, young people, and relatives of overseas Vietnamese who have contributed to the development and maintenance of the Vietnamese language among the overseas Vietnamese community.

On this occasion, a portal for Vietnamese language online training channels for overseas Vietnamese chaired and coordinated by Hanoi National University was officially launched.

The"Honoring Vietnamese language in the overseas community in the period of 2023-2030" project also promotes the spreading of information at home and abroad in response to the Day of Vietnamese Language.

Translated by Valerie Hong-anh

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