Experts: Vietnamese youngsters need better life skills

It is high time that Vietnam strengthen education on laws and life skills for young citizens so they have self-restraint in conflicts, psychologists have said.


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A series of violent incidents were filmed and went viral online, mostly between foreigners and Vietnamese youths, stirring public concern over the aggressive behavior and morals of those involved.

The statement was made after a series of violent incidents were filmed and went viral online, mostly between foreigners and Vietnamese youths, stirring public concern over the aggressive behavior and morals of those involved.

Last week, a video clip of a fight in the tourist town of Sa Pa town went viral. A Dutch national, carrying his wife on the motorbike, almost collided with a car full of Vietnamese men. The Dutchman argued with the driver about his dangerous driving and pushed the driver, who then, together with four other men, attacked the foreigner.

Colonel Tran Van Truong, head of Sa Pa district’s Police Department, said police had investigated the case.

Previously, on June 26, Hanoi’s Hai Ba Trung district police prosecuted two suspects for deliberately injuring a foreigner. The two, aged 26 and 29 respectively, were detained for further investigation.

Dr Pham Manh Ha, deputy head of youth work department of the Vietnam Youth Academy said violent acts, sparked by minor traffic incidents, showed that people tended to care only about themselves, regardless of right and wrong.

Daily pressures and long-term stress might contribute to the violence, he said.

PhD Huynh Van Son, a psychologist, said that the essence of the problem was aggressive human behavior, which was out of control.

PhD Do Van Quan of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences said that this emerging evil was a societal disease, caused by unrest in modern society, or a series of long-term pressures, annoyances or frustrations that people kept inside.

Thus, they would argue, fight, or even kill someone to relieve their suffering when they could not find a way to change their lives, he said.

PhD Khuat Thu Hong, director of the Institute for Social Development Studies, said that these recent cases were not new, but were happening more regularly and dangerously.

Hong said currently, there was no scientific research on the reasons of the issue. However, she cited that it was noticeable that most of the cases were caused by young people who lacked life skills and had little ability to control their impulses.

For years, the national education system has only focused on knowledge and ignored educating its students on life skills. In addition, education on legal knowledge and the implementation of laws is ineffective.

Some have even lost their faith in law, and decided to deal with conflicts with violence, she said.

Hong also said that society is part of the problem. Bystanders supported the aggressors instead of helping solve the conflict.

According to the psychologists, it was necessary to improve the legal knowledge and life skills of young citizens, by both schools and families.

Families play an important role in teaching them love, self-reliance and thinking skills to face unexpected circumstances.

VNA



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