THANH TAM SCHOOL

CONGREGATION OF ST. PAUL DE CHARTRES

The Sisters of St Paul of Chartres is the most long-established woman’s congregation. It was created in 1696 and now counts 4,000 Sisters throughout the world. 1000 are in Vietnam.

Their story in Vietnam to today’s date is of continuous effort to reach out to those in need and to provide care and a sustainable future through education programmes and infrastructure projects.

The Sisters of St Paul de Chartres first arrived from France in Saigon in 1860. Within 6 years, a noviciate was created and Vietnamese Sisters were welcome.

The Sisters, at first, focused their attention on attending orphans. The Sisters quickly built, administered and serviced orphanages and hospitals, throughout Vietnam. Soon after, they turned their efforts to education and established schools.

In 1975, hospitals and schools were nationalised by the Vietnamese government. The Sisters managed to retain positions in those establishments.

In 1990, the Sisters were allowed to create and administer schools again which they promptly did.

In the Danang region, the Sisters are very active. Their projects include:

1. Healthcare programmes  
- For remote rural communities
- Nutritional support for patients
- HIV prevention programmes

2. Education programmes for
- Orphan children
- Children in need
- Mentally challenged
- Physically challenged
- Women
- Rural communities

3. Infrastructure programmes such as the construction and running of schools for the mentally and physically challenged

Read more on Convent St. Paul of Chartres Danang's home page.

 
OUR STRATEGY 

I- Background:



Disabled people have substantial needs in terms of integration, healthcare and education, yet little action is being taken either through public services or civil society to address these needs. Consequently, our Congregation has developed a strategy to intervene in those sectors where it can make the biggest difference and in the parts of the country it is most familiar with (the Mekong Delta provinces, the Central Highlands and the provinces of central Vietnam), at the same time as strengthening its regional presence in order to raise awareness among the public authorities and civil society.


II- Objective:

Our Congregation’s overall objective in the areas in which it is active is to improve the quality of life of disabled people and to promote their full participation in Vietnamese society, based on an inclusive approach focused around local development.


III- Stakeholders:

1- Our partners:
- The regional authorities via ministerial offices, notably health and education;
- Health and education professionals;
- Technical and Financial Partners, whether donors, NGOs, or local and international specialists.

2- Target groups:



- Disabled children and young people, especially the most vulnerable, and their families;

- Health, education and social work professionals;
- Local actors (people’s committees, parish councils, volunteer organisations).

IV- Three areas of action have been identified:


1. Health and functional rehabilitation in order to develop prevention and the provision of healthcare for disabled people, by improving access to care and the quality and continuing provision of care.

2. Educational, social and economic integration of disabled people, providing them with lifelong assistance based on tailored accompanying social measures facilitating their access to employment and leisure.

3. Technical enhancement of our employees and collaborators with a view to improving our services for disabled people.

In order to implement this strategy our Congregation is seeking to enhance the skills of final beneficiaries and their associations via a partnership- and local development-based approach; to raise the awareness of local authorities; to develop alliances with development actors and a synergy of skills; to capitalise on and share our pilot schemes and expertise with partners wishing to include provision for disabled people in their strategies.


V- Our main activities:

1- Early intervention project:





 

- Screening for children aged 0 to 6;
- Early therapeutic education for children based on training and participation for families in remote villages;
- Provision of basic equipment for the early therapeutic education programme;
- Provision of training to the parents of disabled children in their tasks of educating and stimulating the development of the disabled child from a very early age until entry to adapted schooling;
- Carrying out an awareness-raising, prevention and information campaign in remote districts in the province of Quang Nam and a rural district in the city of Danang.
 

2- Functional readjustment project:




- Improving the functional readjustment care provided by our Reception Centre;
- Funding equipment for the most deprived through fund collections.

3- Project to integrate children in the school system:
 

- Aiming to provide teaching focused on the child, not on the curriculum. This approach is based on a recognition of the fact that each child learns and develops differently and at their own pace;
- Integrating disabled children into ordinary infant school classes at certain times, e.g. for sports or particular disciplines;
- Providing physical therapy to allow children to be integrated into the ordinary schooling system. (We recognise that inclusive education acknowledges that all children are different and that schools and education systems have to change to meet the individual needs of all learners, whether disabled or not. For instance, a child who is hard of hearing will be able to wear a hearing aid and would learn to speak before being integrated into the school system; we would not expect teachers and other children to learn sign language or other forms of communication. However, in Vietnam at the moment inclusive education is not yet applied in educational establishments. Although we recognise this, we are not in a position to establish our strategy for inclusive education.)

4- Workplace integration project:





- Constructing a vocational training workshop;
- Developing adapted vocational training in joinery, confectionery, sewing/embroidery, gardening, publicity drawing and physiotherapeutic massage;
- Helping young disabled people to find jobs and to access enterprise through awareness-raising campaigns.

5- Continuous training project for our employees and collaborators:

 

- Training professionals in specialised education and therapy;
- Training and enhancing the management skills of managers in our Congregation’s educational establishments;
- Training employees in either English or French.

VI- Resources:

1- Human resources
- Offering productivity and competitiveness opportunities through the management of individuals;
- Planning future personnel requirements by analysing the tasks of current staff and projecting changes in their workload;
- Transferring skills to local partners as well as direct and indirect beneficiaries.

2- Financial resources
- Diversifying our partnerships and funding sources;
- Encouraging local enterprises to improve their practices as regards raising awareness concerning disabled people;
- Cost control.

 

 


 

Thanh Tam Special School

                                                                                    Thanh Tam Special School Danang
                                                         121 Phan Tu street, Ngu Hanh Son district, Danang city, Vietnam
                                                                                                     Tel: 84-511-3958545


                                                                                                Students and Staffs

Danang City is situated 764 km south of the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, and 964 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. It is bordered by Thua Thien-Hue province to the north and Quang Nam province to the south. The population of Danang City is 764,500 (2004 figure). Covering an area of 1,255.5 sq. km, it comprises the six districts of Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son, Lien Chieu and Cam Le and the two rural districts of Hoa Vang and Hoang Sa.


                                                                                                            Danang city

Reopened in September 1980 the Thanh Tam Special School in Danang is a treatment and education centre which is housed in the Congregation’s buildings. It meets the day-to-day needs of disabled children, helping to put them on the road to recovery and establish a sound basis for life by providing financial assistance for health, psychological, psychiatric, educational and medical support.

In July 2010 the Thanh Tam Special School moved into new premises built for the Disabled Children’s Centre in the Ngu Hanh Son district of Danang.


                                                                                             Thanh Tam Disabled Children's Centre

The Thanh Tam Disabled Children’s Centre takes in children from the city of Danang and the surrounding provinces. No distinction is made on the grounds of ethnic origin, sex or religion. The children who come to the Centre are suffering from hearing impairment, intellectual impairment and cerebral motor impairment. Applications are accepted for children aged between three and twenty-five who are sufficiently independent to be able to follow the education or training programme.

The Centre receives children with disabilities resulting from exposure to Agent Orange and disabled children from deprived families. The complex measures 4,132 sq. m and has five separate units offering 13 classes for 202 children and 50 places for boarders (20 boys and 30 girls). According to the type of disability, this breaks down as follows:
                                                                                     
Children with hearing impairment:72



 
Children with cerebral palsy: 45

 
Mentally disabled children (Trisomy, autistic, intellectual impairment):94


Priority objectives:
- developing the young people’s capacities and resources;
- developing self-sufficiency.


The Centre is run by the Congregation of St Paul de Chartres in Danang. It is managed by specialised educators, specialists and other staff. The management organises the life of the Centre in accordance with its internal rules. It is responsible for general administration, management of the complex and staff management and has responsibility for the school with the agreement of the Ministry of Education.


                                                                                  Thanh Tam's Center 's Organization Chart

The Centre has:

- a director,
- 2 deputy directors,
- 36 educators,
- 3 administrative staffs,
- 7 therapists,
- 12 other staff members.


The Centre is operated as a medical, educational and social establishment which takes full care of the disabled children and adolescents in its charge and also helps the families of these children.

Working in collaboration with all the relevant bodies in the field of disability, the Centre also provides advice and assistance and manages screening and prevention, observation, reception, care, education, professional training and placement services and education campaigns in an open environment for disabled children and adolescents.


                                                                                      Early Prevention's Programm in Quang Nam Province

It also promotes other services for disabled children and adults, carries out research and provides training for its staff.

The Centre comprises four units with a central administration. The four units are a socio-educational unit, a medical-social unit, an accommodation unit and a training unit.
The socio-educational unit runs classes for 46 children with cerebral motor disorders, 97 children with hearing deficiencies and 97 children with mental impairment. For children unable to be schooled in an ordinary environment, the unit provides special education and therapy adapted to meet all the needs of each individual child.


The medical-social unit comprises a multidisciplinary consultation unit, an early-intervention medical-social centre and a hearing equipment unit. The children are provided with care and training, their medical condition is regularly monitored and they take part in activities to develop personality, communication and social skills.



The accommodation unit offers 50 places for children and adolescents suffering from multiple disabilities which significantly reduce their independence as well as for disabled children from remote villages. The children are either full-time boarders or part-time boarders. The boarding facilities are managed by a team of social workers.

The training unit provides training leading to professional qualifications in the field of disability in partnership with the relevant departments of the City of Danang (health ministry, national education ministry) and university departments (Hanoi teacher-training university, Danang medical university, Hue medical university and Saigon medical university). It is also planning to develop databases to improve know-how and understanding of the process of producing social projects and the modelling of concepts, approaches and social projects on the basis of an impact assessment and project monitoring.


                                                                                                          Training Course for staffs

However, it is essential to continue this development in order to provide disabled children with access to education, but our sole resources come from the Convent of the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres and that funding is insufficient to cover the costs. Consequently, the Thanh Tam Special School is seeking donations to:

- buy equipment for the classes;
- pay the salaries of therapists and specialists;
- organise training courses for teachers and staff;
- refer chronic cases to health care and mental health professionals;
- share knowledge and experience in teaching and treatment with local and international specialists.

We would be most grateful if you could pass on this invitation to your friends and colleagues. To obtain more detailed information about our requirements, please follow the links for a presentation of our courses.
Contact person: Sister Anna Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, Director of the Centre.
Telephone: 84511 3958545
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Website: http://sites.internet.lu/folders/spcdanang/thanhtamdanang.htm
Web Album:
http://picasaweb.google.com/tamtruongspc
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/thanhtamschool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDJXz_gjXB8

You can make an immediate impact to improve the life of a child. Any donation you send will help us to provide much-needed services. Thank you for your help.


In Europe:
HSBC (Luxembourg) S.A.
Address: 16, boulevard d'Avranche
L-1160, Luxembourg
Swift code: BLICLULX
Account no:
- EUR: LU771470063710494087
- USD: LU021470063710494079
Ref: St Paul de Chartres Convent, Danang, for Thanh Tam Special School
Beneficiaries: Madeleine STEINITZ and Do Ly Lan LE
In Vietnam:

- Bank's name: VIET NAM ASIA COMMERCIAL JOINT STOCK BANK – DANANG BRANCH
- Address: 33 Hung Vuong St., Hai Chau District, Da Nang City.

-  SWIFT Code : VNACVNVX 
- Telephone: (84 511) 3 821 152 or ( 84 511) 3 828 683 
- Fax : ( 84.511) 3 823 369 
- Holder: TRƯỜNG CHUYÊN BIỆT TƯ THỤC THANH TÂM  
- VND account No.: 1506 0000 2763 9000 
- USD account No.: 1503 0000 0077 9037


INTRODUCTION OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER

I- INTRODUCTION:

Thanh Tam School of Special Education was established in 1990, and after 20 years of providing services, the center has had significant strides in education and rehabilitation care for children with disabilities including hearing impairment, mental impairment, cerebral palsy, and autism.

Each year, 4-10 students graduate from the school and currently we have about 20 students with disabilities who completed the program. In the future there will many other students with the opportunity to accomplish the necessary vocational training to live meaningful lives. In 2010 after the school’s transition to a newly built center with 13,626 square meters at 157B Phan Tu Street, Ngu Hanh Son District in Da Nang City, our school has established an effective long-term training program to meet the needs of our students and their families.



On January 1, 2012, with the support of the Luxembourg government through Christian Solidarity International (CSI), Thanh Tam School of Special Education has officially placed the first brick for the vocational training center with 1,152 square meters of ground floor that includes training rooms for bakery, carpentry, gardening, and embroidery. The first floor consists of training rooms for massage therapy, marketing art, women’s boarding room and supply room equipped with all necessary tools and supplies for training. The tentative timeline for operation of the vocational center is October 2012.

We plan to implement our commitments  in key steps which youth with disabilities need information or support.
 

II. GOAL OF THE VOCATIONAL CENTER:

Create an effective model for early intervention, health care, inclusive education, and vocational training for youth with disabilities to maximize their fullest potential toward a brighter future.
Build a safe and non-discriminatory learning environment.
Build capacity for youth with disabilities in areas of education, career and life skills to become independent and integrated individuals of their families and society.
Create opportunities for youth to participate in social activities to allow them to contribute to the success of the country as any other citizens.
Raise societal awareness about issues of disability and the need for vocational training programs for youth with disabilities. 

                     Training course given by Mr José d' Hert, responsible for the management of Metro Vietnam


 III- ORGANIZATIONAL CHART:

 

 Board members

Teachers and staffs

 
IV. TRAINING COURSES FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

1.     BAKERY

 ·         Eligible participants

o       Hearing impairment

o       Mild mental impairment

·         Number of students in each course

o       15 students

·         Number of faculty in each course

o       1 teacher plus 1 assistant teacher

·         Training objectives

o       Help students gain relevant skills needed in the market

·         Opportunities for students

o       Provide opportunities for students to learn and practice hands-on skills

o       Opportunities to find jobs after course completion

·         Length of training

o       Basic bread course: 3 months

o       Basic pastry course: 3 months

·         Location of the course, both theory and practice

o       Bakery room of the vocational center at Thanh Tam School

·         Certificate obtained after completion

o       Certificate of completed basic training course from Europe

·         Knowledge, skills, and prospects after graduation

o       Professional skills and knowledge of the industry

o       Top graduates will remain at school for employment

o       Introduction to resorts, bakery shops, and other businesses to integrate into the working society

·         Course fee: 400,000VND

 

2.     MASSAGE – PHYSICAL THERAPY

·         Eligible participants

o       Hearing impairment

o       Visually impairment

o       Mild motor difficulties

·         Number of students in each course

o       15 students

·         Number of faculty in each course

o       1 faculty member, 1 co-lecturer, and 2 collaborators

·         Training objectives

o       Help students gain relevant skills needed in the market

·         Opportunities for students

o       Provide opportunities for students to learn and practice hands-on skills

o       Opportunities to find jobs after course completion


 

·         Length of training

o       Basic course: 3 months

o       Advance course: 3 months

·         Location of course, theory and practice

o       Massage and physical therapy room of the vocational center at Thanh Tam School

·         Certificate obtained after completion

o       Certificate of Completion in Massage therapy 

·         Knowledge, skills, and prospects after graduation

o       Gain medical knowledge and practical applications of massage therapy

o       Graduates can practice independently

o       Top students will remain at school for employment

o       Hands-on practice at the school and introduction to businesses outside for potential jobs

·         Course fee

o       400,000 VND


 

3. GRAPHIC DESIGNING AND ADVERTISING

·         Eligible participants

o       Hearing impairment

o       Mild motor difficulties

·         Number of students in each course

o       15 students

·         Number of faculty in each course

o       1 faculty member and 1 teaching assistant

·         Training objectives

o       Help students gain relevant skills needed in the market

·         Opportunities for students

o       Provide opportunities for students to learn and practice hands-on skills

o       Opportunities to find jobs after course completion

 

·         Length of training

o       Basic course: 3 months

o       Advance course: 3 months

·         Location of course, theory and practice

o       Graphic designing and advertisement room of the vocational center at Thanh Tam School

·         Certificate obtained after completion

o       Certificate of Completion in graphic designing and advertisement

·         Knowledge, skills, and prospects after graduation

o       Gain knowledge and skills needed at adverting companies

o       Work and train with other students in the field

o       Graduates will work and practice in the minilab

·         Course fee

o       400,000 VND

 

4. SEWING AND EMBROIDERY

 

 

·         Eligible participants

o       Hearing impairment

o       Mild mental impairment

·         Number of students in each course

o       15 students

·         Number of faculty in each course

o       2 faculty members, 2 teaching assistants and 2 collaborators

·         Training objectives

o       Help students gain relevant skills needed in the market

·         Opportunities for students

o       Provide opportunities for students to learn and practice hands-on skills

o       Opportunities to find jobs after course completion

·         Length of training

o       Basic course: 6 months

o       Advance course: 6 months

·         Location of course, theory and practice

o       Tailoring and embroidery room of the vocational center at Thanh Tam School


 

·         Certificate obtained after completion

o       Certificate of Completion in basic sewing

o       Certificate of Completion in advance tailoring and embroidery

·         Knowledge, skills, and prospects after graduation

o       Graduates can remain at school for employment

o       They can find work with companies

o       They can also continue taking more advance courses in sewing, tailoring and embroidery

·         Course fee

o       400,000 VND

 

5. GARDENING AND CARPENTRY

 

·         Eligible participants

o       Hearing impairment

o       Mild mental impairment

o       Mild motor difficulties
 

·         Number of students in each course

o       15 students

·         Number of faculty in each course

o       2 faculty members, 2 teaching assistants and 2 collaborators

·         Training objectives

o       Help students gain relevant skills needed in the market

·         Opportunities for students

o       Provide opportunities for students to learn and practice hands-on skills

o       Opportunities to find jobs after course completion

·         Length of training

o       Basic course: 3 months

o       Advance course: 3 months

·         Location of course, theory and practice

o       Gardening and carpentry training room of the vocational center at Thanh Tam School

·         Certificate obtained after completion

o       Certificate of Completion in basic carpentry

o       Certificate of Completion in basic gardening/landscaping

·         Knowledge, skills, and prospects after graduation

o       Graduates gain basic skills in carpentry and gardening/landscaping

o       They can find work with companies such as resorts and tourist areas or remain at school to work 

·         Course fee

o       400,000 VND

 

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Welcome to the home page of Thanh Tam’s Special Education Centre!

 
Thanh Tam’s Special Education Centre’s mission is to provide therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs to empower children and young people with disabilities. 

Thanh Tam’s Special Education Centre’s vision is a world in which all children and young people with disabilities realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families. 

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Thanh Tam Special School 

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 Thanh Tam Vocational Training Center

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