Vietnam is a country with an exceptionally rich heritage of both cultural and natural resources which can be put to use as effective tools for lifelong learning. The question is how these invaluable sources of knowledge and their accompanying institutions are being used for learning in Vietnam at present, and how they an be shaped and developed for use in the future to improve people's cultural standards and promote general knowledge at all levels of our society.
What are the opportunities and challenges entailed in accessing this rich heritage for lifelong learning in Vietnam? Why has access to heritage materials as a source for learning not yet been given priority by government agencies, social organizations and the population at large? Why has there been so little investment in both strategic orientation and methods of implementation? This paper addresses these questions.