In a ceremony on Tuesday, HATCH!-supported startup KidsOnline participated in the soft-launch of the first professional association for private kindergartens in Vietnam, namely Vietnam Association for Non-public Preschool Education (VANPPE).
Out of 5.6 million pre-school children in Vietnam, 20% attend private kindergartens, often of small size, each taking care of 80–100 children, with 20–30 teachers and staff, scattered in residential areas, and often neglected by policy makers and state administrators.
While private early childhood education is on the rise, and its important role in ensuring adequate early childhood care to all preschool children is recognized by the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training, up until now, there has been no national body representing the voice and aspirations of private kindergarten owners and teachers.
HATCH! Ventures congratulates KidsOnline for participating. We're proud to have been instrumental in advising KidsOnline’s during its early stages as a startup. HATCH! advisory roles included improving branding and communication, commercialization approaches, and investor relations to secure private equity funding. (story continues below)
Once established, VANPPE will be a national professional organization representing non-public kindergartens teachers, owners, administrators, working towards standards-based development of non-public preschool education, contributing to sustainable achievements within Vietnam's preschool education goals.
A leader in many ways, KidsOnline was a key contributor in the formation of VANPPE. KidsOnline is a cloud-based kindergarten management system, that is a tool for school-parent communication, and for school operation, management, and reporting. The company has grown to be the top platform of its kind in Vietnam.
VANPPE’s 2 July 2019 soft-launch attracted more than 300 participants, including: representatives from non-public kindergartens; officials from the departments of education and training among ten cities and provinces; researchers and lecturers specializing in early childhood education; representatives from the embassies of Australia and New Zealand; experts from international NGOs; as well as multinational companies with activities focusing in part on education, including Microsoft Vietnam..
Previously the VANPPE Advocacy Committee was officially approved by the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training with Decision No. 1617/QD-BGDDT, dated June 7th, 2019. Madame Ly Thi Hang, Vice Director, Department of Early Childhood Education, Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), handed over the Approval Decision to Dr. Phan Thị Lan Anh, Head of VANPPE Advocacy Committee.
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