Development two-way street for KOTO & US Peace Corp
KOTO’s ‘know one, teach one’ philosophy was put into action today at Tay Ho’s KOTO Villa when the US Peace Corp stopped by. The team met with KOTO staff and students to discuss the Vietnamese education system and English language curriculum.
“Meeting with KOTO was a fantastic opportunity for Peace Corps Viet Nam to learn from this accomplished and like-minded organization,” said Luis Valadex, Director of Programming and Training at the Peace Corp.
“What was shared with us increased our cultural understanding and knowledge of how to operate effectively and appropriately in Viet Nam, while also connecting us to some great people. We have such admiration and appreciation for KOTO’s work!”
As one of Vietnam’s most successful NGOs, KOTO has a wealth of data and experience. This can prove invaluable to organisations operating in the international development sector to ensure they are geared up for success.
Not only that, but for KOTO staff it can really be an enjoyable experience.
“It’s nice to give back,” said Hanh Hoang, KOTO Foundation Director “Our supporters do so much for us that it’s only right that we help them out where we can.”
Partnerships with international organisations have long been a big part of how KOTO does business. In 2001 KOTO accepted its first tranche of international development assistance and from that point its network of international partners has grown exponentially.
Though development assistance often only flows one way knowledge is free and the success of international organisations in Vietnam benefits everyone.
“In the 18 years since I joined KOTO we’ve contributed to social impact reports, academic research, and market analysis. It’s through contributing in this way that not only do we get to strengthen our relationships with our international partners but they, more often than not, share with us valuable insights that make us stronger too.”
“Not only does the organisation benefit but including KOTO students in these processes gives them a greater insight into how the organisation operates.”
Thuong Tran, one of KOTO Class 35’s brightest stars, agrees.
“I really liked meeting them,” said Thuong Tran, one of Class 35’s brightest stars. “It was great to practice my English and to know that my opinion mattered. That I could be helping to make learning easier for other young people like me feels great!”
Thuong will go on to graduate from KOTO in June. He’s one of many young people that has benefitted from the KOTO training program but to train even more we need your support. Donate now: https://www.koto.com.au/donate