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BVIS brings penguins, snow and the awareness of environmental issues to Viet Nam

19 February 2016

To prevent Antarctica from disappearing and to ensure that Viet Nam is a great place to live in for our children and future generations, a leading bilingual school has decided to champion and promote environmental issues in Viet Nam. BVIS (British Vietnamese International School) has nominated one of its Vietnamese teachers to join a high-profile international expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Robert Swan in March 2016. During the expedition, the teacher will meet penguins and seals, and learn about how we can protect our environment to ensure that Viet Nam is still a beautiful and safe place to live in fifty years from now.


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Ms Lan Cung will have to face temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees, as well as snow, ice, and many physical obstacles. However, most of all this will be a mental challenge for the teacher, who has never travelled outside Viet Nam until now. Ms Lan will be leading by example, showing  to BVIS students that everything is possible with hard work and focus, and inspiring them to become the future leaders of Viet Nam and champion transformational changes that they feel passionate about. On their return to Viet Nam, the teacher will work with BVIS Ambitious Leaders Club and BVIS teaching and leadership team to firmly embed environmental issues in the school’s curriculum, to raise students’ awareness of what they can do to respect and protect the environment in the country they love, now and in the future.

Ms Lan is part of the Vietnamese teaching team of the school, which is a bilingual school employing British and Vietnamese teachers. The Vietnamese teaching team was carefully selected by the school, and underwent a full international training programme, with all teachers achieving the prestigious British teaching qualification at the end of the programme. The school promotes international mindset and global culture amongst its students so that they feel comfortable studying, working and living anywhere in the world, whilst also learning about Vietnamese traditions, history, culture, and literature, and respecting Vietnamese language and heritage.

An interview with Ms Lan, BVIS Environmental Ambassador

As part of its drive to promote global mindset, BVIS is now championing one of the key contemporary global issues – environmental protection – in Viet Nam. BVIS’ team of students, teachers, and parents are once again taking lead on promoting an important area in the country, challenging and changing people’s minds and hearts about this significant issue, and transforming the future of the country. Unsurprisingly, BVIS is the only bilingual school in Viet Nam to be a fully accredited CIS (Council of Internal Schools) school, as well as the only bilingual school in Viet Nam licensed to teach an international curriculum.

Please visit the initiative’s Facebook page to support the team, learn more about the expedition, share your ideas and photos, and post your comments.