Partnering with PACE Institute of Management (PACE), IRED is working on the following four non-profit education projects:
GoodBooks Educational and Cultural Project (GoodBooks or Sach Hay Project) was founded in 2007 by more than 70 of Vietnam’s most prominent intellectuals, including leading educators, writers, journalists, entrepreneurs, publishers, and government officials, as well as others who possess great aspirations for advancing the intellectual standards of the Vietnamese people. Its goal is to create and foster a collaborative learning environment that will enable Vietnamese to share and gain knowledge by linking Vietnamese readers with each other, book publishers, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs.
GoodBooks Project links Vietnamese readers with book publishers, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs to build an engaging learning environment. Through the Project's website (GoodBooks.vn or SachHay.org), readers can register an account and create their own reader’s page where they can post and recommend books that they have read, and can comment on other readers’ selections as well. Each reader can connect to other people from various fields by exchanging thoughts on favorite titles, authors, and interested topics. The exchange shared through the website is critical to building a foundation for learning and advancing knowledge. Thousands of books have already been recommended by well-known writers, journalists, teachers, students and those who understand the value of reading and learning. GoodBooks Project has been a great vehicle to identify certain books that would otherwise be subsumed by the millions of books available in various fields that could prove to be interesting and useful in the lives of countless others.
In addition, GoodBooks Project also organizes off-the-web activities, such as conferences, social functions, and activities to gather writers, intellectuals, educators and readers to discuss pressing issues relevant to promoting better reading habits throughout Vietnam. Writing contests are also organized, all towards supporting and furthering the project’s mission.
With more than 10,000 books shared and recommended by 50,000 readers/members, 300 experts, 60 publishers and 35 news outlets, GoodBooks.vn or SachHay.org is widely recognized as the largest book-sharing forum in Vietnam.
GoodBooks Awards is an annual event organized by GoodBooks Project (Sach Hay Project). It has been initiated to recognize and honor authors, translators, and publishers who have produced Vietnamese works that have contributed to expanding and enhancing the body of literature and knowledge available to the world in Vietnamese.
The GoodBooks Awards also aims to encourage the creation of high-quality literature in Vietnamese, spread the values of good books, and cultivate the reading habit in society.
Eligible Vietnamese books for the GoodBooks Awards must be published after April 30, 1975. Books published abroad in Vietnamese are also welcomed to participate in the Awards.
Awards are given to the best original Vietnamese literary works, or translations to Vietnamese from other languages in seven different areas: Life Values or Self Development, Education, Research, Economics, Management, Literature, and Children's Books. The books will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of eminent researchers, education, translators, writers, and journalists. Entries for the GoodBooks Awards are accepted from April 23, the World Book and Copyright day. The winners will be announced during the Vietnamese Mid-Autumn festival. More details about the Awards are posted on SachHay.org.
In 2008, OneBook was established through the collaboration and support of government agencies, entrepreneurs and intellectuals, and millions of every-day citizens. Its goals is to improve reading habits and increase reading opportunities, especially for the disadvantaged, by providing good quality books and bookshelves to those who need most. OneBook aims to ensure that disadvantaged people have the opportunity to possess, use, and maintain libraries of good books in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods. By calling for every individual and organization to donate at least one new or used book to another person, great written works are being read and circulated to broaden knowledge and to build the foundation of a sustainable business community.
As of date, OneBook has brought thousands of books to disadvantaged youth in underserved areas and built five libraries in prisons, many bookshelves and mini libraries in remote provinces across the country. Highly valued books on agriculture, farming, forestry, parenting, health care, self-improvement, career orientation, literature, arts, history, business, technology, textbooks, children’s books, and many other categories have been provided to underprivileged people in remote areas. OneBook continues to work its way to reach disadvantaged people in more remote districts and provinces throughout Vietnam.
Life Management Program (LMP)
The LMP is a non-profit initiative which offers a fundamental theoretical system as an education for living to help people to manage their lives effectively, and to lead a happier and more meaningful life, thereby contributing to the advancement of society overall. To date, more than 10,000 people across the country have joined this program
All non-profit education projects reinforce the values and mission of PACE Institute of Management to build the foundation of a new business society in Vietnam. The combined efforts of these projects to reach the young and the disadvantaged, as well as spearheading the creative use of technology to build and share/spread knowledge, ensure that the business community in Vietnam will continue to keep up to speed and progress in the global economy.
Below are the education-governing laws and sub-laws promulgated by Vietnam's Government and Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) since 2000.