UNESCO hosted the policy dialogue between the Youth Task Force of the Digital Kids Asia-Pacific (DKAP) Youth Engagement Project in Viet Nam and the policymakers

On 17 September 2020, UNESCO hosted the policy dialogue between the Youth Task Force of the Digital Kids Asia-Pacific (DKAP) Youth Engagement Project in Viet Nam and the policymakers.

The first phase of DKAP Project was a research project using the DKAP Research Tools and the DKAP Regional Report was launched on 10 May 2019 in Bangkok, offering key insights into the current status of children’s perception of digital citizenship issues across four Asia-Pacific countries through a survey of 5,129 children aged 15 in Bangladesh, Fiji, Republic of Korea and Viet Nam, followed by the dissemination workshop of Viet Nam Country Report on 13 June 2019.

The quantitative findings of the project that explored the digital citizenship landscape across countries revealed the need to understand the reasons for the youth’s views and responses, which also align with the report’s recommendation that more research is needed to create channels for children’s voices and needs in the development of education policy and interventions that support the development of digital citizenship. As a follow-up to the completion of the DKAP survey in Viet Nam, UNESCO in collaboration with Vietnet-ICT implemented the second phase of DKAP Project, the DKAP Youth Engagement Project in Viet Nam, to engaged youth in understanding their ICT practices, attitudes and behaviours in school contexts and at home within the DKAP Framework and connecting to the findings of the Viet Nam country report.

In January 2020, the Youth Task Force (YTF) has been formed with a Core Committee consisting of five youth representatives, and the Youth Working Group consisting of a total of 33 Vietnamese youth. The YTF has a diverse composition of gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds. They were formed into 4 groups to work on the development of multimedia products, which saw and covered the domains and competencies of the DKAP framework, from the perspectives of youth.

Mr. Michael Croft, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam opened the policy dialogue, emphasizing the importance of youth involvement in policy development and encouraging the active involvement of youth in policy formulation and review by integrating youth concerns and youth participation processes in public policies.

The work of YTF was presented, followed by the feedback from policymakers, Mr. Le Anh Vinh, Vice Director General of Viet Nam National Institute of Educational Sciences, and Mr. Nguyen Hoai Nam, Vice Head of the Policy Division for ICT in Education, Ministry of Education and Training. Both congratulated YTF members on the development and presentation of their multimedia products that expressed their understanding and views about issues and concerns around the domains of the DKAP framework. At the same time, they provided YTF members with constructive comments and suggestions for improvement of the multimedia products.

The hope board with the messages (recommendations and hopes) from youth on the future policy and programme development on digital skills education were presented to the policymakers for the last session, where the policymakers picked the messages and responded to them.

 

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