The program aims to enhance the spiritual and material life of people; to acquire relevant social and economic infrastructure, to achieve appropriate economic structure and production organizational arrangements, to link agriculture with the industry and service sectors; to link rural development with urbanization; to achieve democracy, equality, stability, rich cultural and national identify in rural society; to protect the ecological environment; and to maintain national defense and security, social order and safety.
The program involves supporting the construction and development of cultural infrastructure and activities in rural areas, specially:
- First, it develops the system of cultural and sports infrastructure at the grassroots level, including district, commune and village levels. This institutional system aims to address the needs of rural people in organizing community cultural and sports activities and serve as a venue for community members to meet and exchange experience. The process of planning and developing institutions is based on consultation with villagers on the need for and enjoyment from cultural expressions while at the same time encourages community participation in building and operating state-supported cultural institutions and facilities.
- Second, it enriches the cultural and spiritual life of rural communities through creating conditions for people's equal participation in community cultural activities and sports. These activities ensure to be planned and implemented with the consultation of the community in the spirit of the State and people working together. These cultural and community activities range from preserving traditional cultural characteristics and customs to creative cultural and sport activities aimed at young people. The activities must be in accordance with local socio-cultural conditions and expectations of the community members.
Objectives of the program: perfecting the system of Cultural and sports centers, Cultural house - village sports Area; by 2020, 75% of communes meet criteria no.6 on cultural infrastructure, 80% of communes have communal cultural and sports centers, 70% of villages have cultural house - sport area.
The program has ensured basic conditions for the people at communities in rural areas to have infrastructure for cultural and creative activities and established a network of cultural infrastructure with 75,766 cultural houses at the village level. Similarly, the planning, implementing and monitoring process was done with the participation of people.
By the end of September 2019, the whole country has had 4,665 communes (52.4%) recognized to meet standards of a new rural area and reached 15.32 criteria/commune on average. The whole country has had no longer communes reaching under 5 criteria, at the same time there have been 93 district-level units recognized to meet the standards or complete the task of building new rural areas by the Prime Minister; 150 typical villages of communes with extreme difficulties have been recognized to meet standards of a new rural area.