The two-day training course was held in the central city of Da Nang by the Department of Education and Training, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Evidence-based Health Policy Development Coalition (EBHPD) and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Training includes guidelines for teaching students to swim and how to rescue a drowned victim and prevention of injuries in schools.
According to the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, drowning claims the lives of more than 2,000 children each year and 5.5 children die of drowning everyday in the country. Vietnam ranks fourth regarding drowning-related deaths in the Southeast Asian region.
According to the Ministry of Health, the northern provinces of Thai Binh, Bac Giang, Nam Dinh and Hanoi have most cases of drowning-related deaths.
Head of the Bureau of Physical Education Nguyen Thanh De said teaching swimming amongst children can help reduce the number of drowning cases and improving physical fitness. However, some schools bumped into difficulties in building swimming pools.
More than 300 teachers and managers from 63 cities and provinces attended the course.