Tuesday 05 September 2017


With the excitement of new school year, the British Council presents International School Award (ISA) for schools in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Haiphong, Quang Ninh for their success in delivering ISA in 2016.

The ISA recognises schools' contribution and commitment to developing students as global citizens through enhancing their understanding of different countries and cultures, more awareness and being responsible for global issues as well as integrating international dimensions in the curriculum. The British Council expect that the Award mark a meaningful milestone to the winning schools, motivating them and other schools in Vietnam to better prepare students for globalised future.

On this important occasion to many young learners in Vietnam, Mr Danny Whitehead, British Council Deputy Director said ‘education cooperation is one of the most powerful tools for building a stronger, friendlier knowledge and understanding between the UK and Vietnam. I’d like to congratulate these 27 fantastic schools - they are pioneers in international learning, providing opportunities for their students to become cultural ambassadors for Vietnam and committed global citizens.’

Mr Nguyen Thanh Phat expressed: ‘We want our student have more chance to learn and link with students from their countries in order to enrich their skills. ISA activities support students in improving social skills, knowledge, rather than only have their knowledge that they learn in class. Enhancing their understanding of differences countries and cultures to become successful global citizens. This meaningful project not only brings benefits to our students, school but also matches with the priority of the Ministry of Education and Training which focus on fundamental and comprehensive reform in education.’

International School Award (ISA) is the British Council global programme for secondary schools. More than 2,000 schools in over 50 countries have participated in the programme. The Ministry of Education and Training highly appreciates the British Council ISA programme which support education priorities in the Ministry’s education reform in terms of introducing innovative teaching approaches, developing international learning, enhancing creative learning, and teacher professional development.

In Vietnam, the British Council has recognised 26 schools for their excellent implementation of enhancing international learning in schools. Participating in the British Council ISA Program, schools gained educational benefits from implementing school projects such as the ‘seedling’ a green project - integrated in biology and citizenship subjects. Students increased awareness of global issues as reduction in forest area, climate change, and the meaning of working together to build a greener planet. The cultural exchange project with a Singapore school on traditional dance created opportunity for students to learn about the traditional dances of each country, improved their knowledge and respect cultural diversity in the world.

14 ISA schools in 2017: 

Quang Ninh: Phuong Nam Secondary School, Van Lang School, Uong Bi High School, Nguyen Du Secondary School, Hon Gai High School, Mao Khe II Secondary School.

Ha Noi: Trau Quy Secondary School, Lang Thuong Secondary School, Hanoi Academy, Ngo Sy Lien (Hoan Kiem) Secondary School, Dong Thai Secondary School. 

Ho Chi Minh City: Nguyen Van To Secondary School, Hong Bang Secondary School.  

Hai Phong: Tran Phu Secondary School.

Notes to Editor

For more information, please contact:

Hanh Le 
Communications Manager
British Council in Vietnam
20 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho, Hanoi
T +84 (0)4 38436780 (ext.1957)
F +84 (0)4 38434962

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