One afternoon in mid-July, children’s summer time, at 146 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, students lined up for a school bus preparing for a field trip. This is one of the many activities included in the “Summer of Game Changers” program in 2022 organized by ILA. This seven-week course was designed by ILA not only to allow students to experience different summer activities, but also to help them rekindle their passion for learning and discovery, and lay the foundations of an active leader, with other important aspects that will prepare them to become the guiding generation.
“ILA’s method of education is to encourage confidence and natural growth. That they have done well, and we encourage them to do even better. They have improved, understood their core values, matured, finally left school and helped change the world,” said Tran Xuan Dzu, CEO of ILA.
Under Dzu’s leadership, ILA has set up more than 50 English language centers in 13 cities in Vietnam, teaching more than a million students to become excellent in English and helping thousands of students achieve their dream. to study abroad.
Dzu continues to challenge himself with even greater ambitions for ILA.
Tran Xuan Dzu, CEO of ILA. Photo courtesy of the ILA
“Education changed my life”
When he started at the ILA in 1997, with a part-time job as a writer, Du’s salary was only $1 an hour. Thereafter, Dzu decided to stay with the ILA and one by one experienced different positions as Enrollment Advisor, Head of Operations Office, Overseas Education Consultants Manager , human resources and project manager.
“I didn’t stay long in any of these positions because I constantly had to move from one department to another,” Dzu recalls. In 2007, she was appointed Vice President of ILA and became CEO in 2011.
Dzu has been part of ILA since it was only a 25 square meter box office. She has taken the organization to new heights, with more than 50 centers across the country. “ILA people create the core of ILA. Together we create ILA history. We’ve been with ILA all our lives; we grew up with ILA,” Dzu said.
Admitting that the ILA has changed his life, yet through the ILA, Dzu and its core members have changed millions of lives nationwide over the past 20 years. Under Dzu’s leadership, ILA focused on its responsibility as an education provider, finding an economically effective and efficient way to enable many students to enjoy a good education. What makes ILA special in the hearts of millions of students and parents is its method of encouraging personal growth.
“I am proud that ILA has set a good standard for Vietnam’s private education sector, from infrastructure to course curricula, all are built to high standards for students and parents. I am the most happy when I see ILA students standing on the podium, speaking confidently about the future, their dreams and their goals.”
“Education should formulate the values of an ethical person, a contented person,” Dzu said. In order to actualize her beliefs, Dzu went to study education models around the world.
Dzu was named vice president of ILA and became CEO in 2011. Photo courtesy of ILA
After attending many global education conferences, Dzu understood that in the coming decades millions of jobs will disappear and in the future children will not know what their future jobs will be due to the constant changes in technology. The education system cannot afford to wait for the future to prepare students for their careers.
Armed with this knowledge, since 2014, ILA has pioneered the application of the project-based learning (PBL) model in its courses. This model not only helps students improve in English, but also teaches them the six sets of soft skills that can help them become global citizens in the future. However, this is still not enough for Dzu.
The years 2020 and 2021 have been the most difficult for the Vietnamese economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in the field of education due to social distancing. While many investors in the field have chosen to scale back their operations, ranging from cutting jobs to closing an entire center, Dzu’s leadership has preserved ILA’s entire organization.
To adapt to the new normal, ILA is beginning to integrate the use of technology into its courses, starting with online courses for students during times of confinement and social distancing. This could be seen as the start of Dzu’s plan for an educational platform technology (EduTech) for ILA.
After the pandemic, ILA came back strong with activities planned to help students across the country build their knowledge and rise to the top. ILA is investing in better facilities and better curricula, and building more centers across the country to fulfill its wish for better education for parents and students.
Instilling happiness in Vietnamese children
In 2020, ILA founded a kindergarten system named OIT (meaning “happiness” in Finnish) with a development driven by the combination between ILA – a highly regarded institution that teaches English and other life skills with more than 20 years of communication and understanding of children’s lives and the complex and modern Vietnamese society – and the HEI schools preschool education system founded by the University of Helsinki, Finland’s oldest and largest university.
Unlike other kindergartens with colorful and crowded classrooms, ILO was designed with Scandinavian style and classical music to nurture students’ minds. Classrooms are designed with simplicity in mind, filled with natural light to fuel positive energy.
“I was born during a difficult period, with a lack of educational opportunities, but by enduring these struggles, enjoying these struggles, the ambition for a good education system for children was born,” said Dzu. .
Students participate in an exciting outdoor activity at the ILA. Photo courtesy of the ILA
The dream of promoting happiness at ILA serves to turn the school into a home, to take full care of each student. With the ILO model, Dzu wants to establish a separate educational environment for the kindergarten age, so that children are fully cared for, cared for and can fully enjoy the best learning conditions. “The learning space should feel like home, natural and in harmony with nature so that students can feel relaxed, entertained, and suddenly learning comes alive, which will follow the child. for the rest of his life,” Dzu said.
At the ILO, there are many creative play activities, encouraging children to “play to learn, learn to play”, teaching them skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication and cooperation, which then improve their potential, helping them to define themselves and to actively follow their passion. The goal of the ILO is to help children get off to a good start and build solid foundations for a bright future.
Discussing the serious investment and high cost of courses when many ILO centers have only eight to 12 classes and a limited number of students, Dzu said: “Compared to what is invested in the ILO, tuition alone is not enough to sustain it, however, when you engage in education, the most important thing is to do it right, slowly gaining the trust of parents. There are many challenges to overcome, but it’s still a dream worth chasing.
“It’s not just about continuing the ILA’s mission to provide a good start for millions of Vietnamese children in their early years, the ILO is also nurturing their personalities and hearts to ignite the passion for life. learning for children aged 0 to 6. At the ILO, we want to accompany parents on their journey to educate their child, teach them the values of inner peace and morality, and cultivate their dreams so that they are ready for a bright future,” said the CEO of the ILO.