Friday, May 08, 2020, 08:05 (GMT+7)
Hung Yen province places emphasis on defence and security education

Located in the heart of Northern Delta and the eastern gateway to the capital city of Hanoi, Hung Yen province holds a position of importance to the general defensive posture of the Military Region 3 and the country, with great potential for socio-economic development. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of individuals and organisations registering new businesses in the province’s area, particularly hi-tech and foreign-invested ones, thereby facilitating modern, sustainable economic development. However, that has caused difficulties and made a direct impact on the military-defence task and the work of defence and security education. Moreover, a dramatic rise in information technology services and social networks for socio-economic and cultural development, education and training, national defence and security has produced a fertile ground for the hostile, reactionary forces to sabotage against the Party, the State and local party committees and authorities. Against that backdrop, over the years, as the standing agency of the Provincial Council for Defence and Security Education, the Provincial Military Command (PMC) has well carried out the work of defence and security education via synchronous measures, thus making contributions to raising citizens’ rights and duties to the Homeland defence and the building of the all-people national defence, the all-people national defence posture, and especially the “people’s hearts and minds” posture as the basis for the province’s rapid, sustainable socio-economic development.

Inspecting the work of defence and security education at My Hao town (2019)

Comprehending and executing the 10th Politburo’s Directive 12-CT/TW, the Law on Defence and Security Education as well as plans and guiding documents by the Military Region 3’s Council for Defence and Security Education, the PMC has advised the Provincial Party Committee, People’s Council and People’s Committee on developing, issuing, and introducing many resolutions, plans, directives, and guiding documents on defence and security education to all cadres, party members and people within the province in order to raise public awareness and achieve a sense of consensus in the process. To improve the quality of defence and security education and put this work in order, the PMC has directed its affiliated military offices to give advice to local party committees and authorities on consolidating councils for defence and security education at each level both qualitatively and quantitatively, delegating responsibility to each member of those councils, maintaining operations of those councils, and inspecting the work of defence and security education conducted by offices and units. On a yearly basis, councils for defence and security education at all levels proactively formulate action plans and inspect the work of defence and security education by 2-3 affiliated offices and units. Doing so has enabled them to opportunely identify and overcome weaknesses in defence and security education, commend and multiply good units, and create a positive change in organisations and sectors’ awareness and responsibility for this work, which has been highly appreciated by the Military Region 3’s Council for Defence and Security Education.

Besides, the province has attached great value to providing key cadres of authorities and sectors with knowledge of defence and security. To avoid missing learners of defence and security education out, on an annual basis, the province grasps the number of cadres, particularly newly-appointed ones who will have to attend defence and security education courses. It summons and dispatches cadres of the groups 1 and 2 to defence and security education courses according to the targets set by higher echelons. It also organises courses at the Provincial Military School for cadres of the group 3 and sets targets for localities, offices and units so that those cadres will handle their work and spend their time on the courses properly. At the same time, it directs localities to expand groups of learners and organise courses for cadres of the group 4. Within Hung Yen’s area, there is a large number of religious followers and dignitaries. To promote their power, knowledge, and skills in defence and security education, the PMC has counselled the Provincial Council for Defence and Security Education to cooperate with the Provincial Fatherland Front Committee in directing districts, towns, and cities to organise defence and security education courses for religious dignitaries. At the same time, it has cooperated with the Provincial Labour Federation in opening defence and security education courses for business owners and presidents of trade unions. Consequently, those religious dignitaries, business owners and heads of trade unions have grasped the Party’s guidelines, the State’s law and policy and local regulations on the defence-security work and directly provided knowledge of defence and security for other people, religious followers, and workers, especially those in foreign-invested businesses, thereby making contributions to maintaining political security and social order and safety in the province’s area.

To raise the quality of defence and security education, the province has selected and assigned cadres with good teaching competence and method from military, public security, and propaganda offices and units to be in charge of the courses. Additionally, it has invited provincial-level leaders and commanders of the Military Region 3 to deliver several important, specialised topics, such as the hostile forces’ “peaceful evolution” strategy against Vietnam, socio-economic and cultural development associated with defence-security consolidation, the building of all-people national defence, and defensive zone construction. The PMC has advised the Provincial Council for Defence and Security Education on organising field trips for learners to visit defensive zone exercises, economic-defence models/units, and constructions within defensive zones. Up to now, all cadres of the groups 1 and 2 have completed their defence and security education courses. Almost all cadres of the groups 3 and 4 have finished their courses. The province has organised 2 courses for 327 religious dignitaries and 4 courses for 530 business owners and trade union presidents in its area.

The councils for defence and security education at all levels have placed emphasis on equipping students with knowledge of defence and security. Over the years, the PMC has counselled the province to give priority to recruiting and building a contingent of teachers of defence and security education at schools with the sufficient quantity and good quality. Prior to a school year, the province holds refresher courses for all teachers of defence and security education to update them on new points, while directing the Centre for Defence and Security Education under the Provincial Military School to establish a link providing defence and security education for students from colleges and universities in the province’s area according to the stream by the Ministry of Education and Training. In the teaching process, the province has required schools to renew the teaching method, apply information technology to exploiting materials, and include new information related to national defence and security in lectures. Moreover, schools have been asked to combine lectures at class with extra-curriculum activities and field trips, organise reality programmes in the military environment, defence and security education contests, and “military semesters” to attract the participation of students and learners. As a result, students have been equipped with basic military knowledge and skills, while the future generations’ responsibility for the Homeland construction and protection has been raised. In 2019, the province held full-time defence and security education courses in line with reality programmes for 3,640 students from high schools in its area with good results.

As for the work of providing knowledge of defence and security for all people, the PMC has advised the province on promoting the role of lecturers and propagandists in providing information and delivering specialised topics and news briefings at conferences and training courses held by the province and its departments, committees, and sectors. Significance has been attached to writing articles and producing programmes on the provincial armed forces’ military-defence activities and good examples related to the military-defence work via press agencies of the State, the Military Region 3 and the province as well as web portals and local radio systems. Local military offices at all levels have cooperated with committees, sectors, and unions in including knowledge of national defence and security in all-people great unity festive day, all-people national defence festive day in residential areas, the building of cultural villages, communes, offices and schools, defensive zone exercises, natural disaster prevention and control, search and rescue, recruitment of citizens to the Military, provision of knowledge of the Communist Party of Vietnam for conscripts.

In addition to well performing the work of defence and security education, the provincial armed forces have cooperated with competent offices in fighting against wrong, hostile viewpoints in cyberspace, discontented elements and political opportunists in the area, thus contributing to maintaining the Party’s ideological foundation. At the same time, they have carried out the mass mobilisation work, actively helped locals with new-style countryside construction, hunger eradication, poverty reduction, and implemented the policy for military families, which has made contributions to building a firm posture of “people’s hearts and minds” as the basis for making the all-people national defence and the posture of all-people national defence increasingly robust, maintaining political security and social order and safety, facilitating rapid, sustainable socio-economic and cultural development.

Sr. Col. NGUYEN CHI CONG, Member of the Provincial Party Committee Standing Board

Commander of the PMC, Permanent Deputy Head of the Provincial Council for Defence and Security Education

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