Forum hears children’s voices in HCM City

HCM City (VNA) - Hundreds of new books for children of Vietnamese and international authors will be released during the summer. The Trẻ (Youth) Publishing House will present 100 titles on arts, literature, history, and living skills. To Nghi Gi Khi Con Be (What I Am Thinking When I Am a Child) is an interactive two-book set by artist Bien Thuy. It raised questions about family, friends, people and the environment for children aged six to 10. "As a mother of two children, I know how to ask questions that encourage our children to share their feelings and thoughts about life, and learn more about living skills," Thuy said. The publisher will reprint a book set titled Co Tich Moi (New Fairy Tales) written by author Nguyen Huong. The set consisting of eight books tells new stories inspired by Vietnamese and foreign fairy tales in a modern style. The publication won the golden prize at the Vietnam Publishers Association's Best Book Awards 2016. Nguyen Minh Nhut, director of the publishing house, said: "The Tre Publishing House worked hard last year to release 100 new books for children that increase the number of our books for children up to 700." Nhut said that his company focused on books for children because "books provide children knowledge about people, nature and the world, as well as amazing adventures". He said that educators and psychologists agreed that reading books "is the best way to help children distinguish right and wrong". The publishing house hosted…... [read more]

Vietnamese parents know less than anyone in the region about what child sexual abuse is and how they can prevent it, according to survey results released Wednesday by an international child rights advocacy group, Many Vietnamese parents were unable to clearly verbalize behaviors or identify examples of child sexual abuse, according to the report, commissioned by World Vision International and entitled "Sex, Abuse and Childhood: A study about knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to child sexual abuse, in travel and tourism, in Cambodia, Lao, Thailand and Vietnam." The report presents an overview of the findings of separate surveys conducted in the four countries between 2011 and 2012, by the Project Childhood Prevention Pillar with funding from the Australian government and support from World Vision. "Limited understanding of child sexual abuse by children and adults means that cases can go undetected," said Aarti Kapoor, regional program manager of Project Childhood. The internet was used by sex offenders to de-sensitize children to acts of abuse, the researchers found. "Many children do not understand the risks of using the internet and are unaware that many sex offenders will try to lure children through chat sites. As a general rule, children should never chat with strangers online," said Nguyen Khanh Hoi, National Coordinator of Project Childhood Prevention Pillar of World Vision Vietnam. New forms of child sexual abuse have been appearing due to a boom in technology, he added. "Sexually abusive acts, such as uploading child abuse images via sex websites or sex chatting…... [read more]

This startling fact is revealed in a new report: "Sex, Abuse and Childhood: A study about knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to child sexual abuse, including in travel and tourism, in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam" compiledin Bangkok, Thailand on June 4. The report finds that children and their families have a limited understanding of what child sexual abuse is, and how it can be prevented. The four-country report presents an overview of the findings of four separate surveys conducted in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam between 2011 and 2012. The report was officially launched on June 4, by Project Childhood Prevention Pillar, with funding from the Australian government and support from World Vision. The report finds that of all the groups interviewed, parents had the lowest levels of understanding on the issue of child sexual abuse. Vietnamese parents were even unable to clearly verbalise behaviour or identify examples of child sexual abuse. Children at risk due to use of the internet is highlighted in the report. According to the Vietnamese survey, all of the interviewed students brought their cell phones to school. Every day, they text between 20 and 50 messages, spend two to seven hours using the phone, and from one to four hours chatting online or playing video games. One Vietnamese 16-year-old female high school student reported that 20 out of her 200 yahoo IDs on her contact list belonged to strangers whom she now considered to be her friends. She gave her mobile phone number…... [read more]

Many adults and children across Southeast Asia in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have a limited understanding of the risks of sexual abuse, a new report has revealed. Wednesday by Project Childhood Prevention Pillar with funding from the Australian government and support from World Vision. Project Childhood is a four-year Australian government initiative to combat the sexual exploitation of children in tourism in the Mekong sub-region which is to be completed in June 2014. The report "Sex, Abuse and Childhood: A study of knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to child sexual abuse in travel and tourism, in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam" also found that children and their families had a limited understanding of what child sexual abuse was and how they could prevent it. The four-country report presents an overview of the findings of four separate surveys conducted in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam between 2011 and 2012. According to the report, of all the groups interviewed, parents had the lowest levels of understanding on the issue of child sexual abuse. Vietnamese parents even were unable to clearly verbalise behaviours or identify examples of child sexual abuse. What's more, children's risk related to accessing the Internet was highlighted. According to the Vietnamese survey, all of the interviewed students brought their cell phones to school. Every day, they texted between 50 and 200 messages, spent two to seven hours using the phone, and between one and four hours chatting online or playing video games. One 16-year-old Vietnamese female high…... [read more]

Logo winner relishes new life (25-10-2005) HA NOI — Nguyen Van Anh from Cosy Roof May 19 in Ha Noi recently won first prize and VND7 million in a logo competition for a child sexual abuse prevention programme. Cosy Roof May 19 is a home for street children and families who have moved to Ha Noi from rural areas. The competition, organised by the Children's Department and the National Committee on Population, Family and Children, received 70 submissions from children all over Ha Noi. The programme's theme "Hitting doesn't teach" and "Parents' love is stronger than a scolding," has been introduced to children, parents and teachers across the country through paintings. The 13-year-old winner described her submission, three smiling children extending their arms and the text "please give me a smile," by saying that children should work together to protect each other against child abuse. Van Anh said in her neighbourhood, she had observed poor children leave school to work. "The smile means that the children haven't been abused. It's my wish," she explained. Children from Cosy Roof May 19 take part in the logo competition. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc She shared her happiness with family and friends at the Cosy Roof, telling them that with the money her father would buy a motorbike and work as a xe om driver to support her and her two siblings. Van Anh said in the past, when her mother was in prison for selling drugs and her father was sick, they…... [read more]

Two hundred children aged from 5 to 15 years old took part in the final round of the contest entitled “Critical thinking through painting 2017”. (Photo Courtesy of Mathnasium Vietnam) Hanoi (VNA) - The most creative children were awarded in the final round of the contest titled “Critical thinking through painting 2017”, which was held on July 30 at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in Hanoi. The contest was organised by Mathnasium Vietnam, a centre that aims to introduce children to new and creative methods in learning mathematics. In the final round of the contest, children had to draw paintings which include a circle, square, rectangle, logenze, trapezium and other shapes. The first, second and third prize went to children whose paintings have the most original idea, the most interesting style and the most variation in colours. Eleven-year-old Le Phuong Thao from Hanoi won first prize for her painting with the most original idea. This final round attracted the participation of 200 candidates aged 5-15, from Hanoi, Hung Yen, Hai Phong and Da Nang, out of 2,000 contestants participating since the eliminator round in mid July. Besides this, there were 10 consolation prizes for creative drawings and 10 hope prizes for the drawings that were the most amusing. Organisers said the contest aims to affirm that mathematics is not so “dry”, and that it can even be very “artistic”. Through the contest, children can develop different skills including creation and logical…... [read more]

ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh highlighted the bloc’s milestones during its 50 years of existence in an interview with Vietnam News Agency. Minh told reporters that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established in 1967 with only five members, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. The purpose at that time was to deal with security-related risks amid the Cold War and the anti-US war in Indochina. The bloc then admitted Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999. These moves completed its initial target of connecting all Southeast Asian countries which are diverse in political institution, economic structure, cultural identity, language and religion. In 2003, the bloc issued the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II identifying the objective of establishing an ASEAN Community with three pillars of politics-security, economics and culture-society, Minh said, adding that the ASEAN Charter in 2007 created a legal foundation and institution framework for strengthening regional connectivity and for establishing the ASEAN Community in 2015. The most important milestone in ASEAN’s history was the establishment of the ASEAN Community in December 2015 and the launch of the ASEAN Vision 2025 towards a self-reliant, legal-binding and people –centered community on January 1, 2016, he added. [ASEAN – a rare sub-region organisation of solidarity: Deputy PM] Mechanisms including the ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit and Asia Plus Three are…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Quite a few transport projects in Ha Noi’s rural areas are not up to scratch due to lack of capital and difficulties in disbursing investments. A temporary bridge across the Day River in My Duc District, Ha Noi. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn Nguyen Duc Toan, deputy head of the transport infrastructure management division under Ha Noi’s Department of Transport, told the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) that the rural transportation system lacks water drainage systems, signs and technical infrastructure. The system of roads across fields satisfies local economic development, but it needs continuous improvement. Many localities invest in rural areas’ transport based on the current situation, not on planning. Toan said transportation system investment in Ha Noi’s rural areas lacks comprehensiveness, only focusing on road upgrades but not on building new roads and replacing weak and temporary bridges. Vu Hoang, vice president of the Ha Noi Road and Bridge Association, told VNA that the rural transport system has yet to meet the requirements of agricultural production. The roads in some places are so narrow that trucks cannot enter the fields. This, in turn, increases production costs and product prices. For many years, residents of My Duc, Ung Hoa, Soc Son, Chuong My, Thanh Oai districts have had to cross degraded bridges, resulting in a drownings at My Luong floating bridge in Chuong My District in July 2015 and at Seu Market floating bridge crossing Ung Hoa and My Duc districts in June 2016. My Luong floating bridge spanning over…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently approved a plan to promote dissemination work on global integration events in 2017-2020. The plan aims to popularise images of Vietnam, its culture and people at home and abroad, contributing to improving Vietnam’s stature in the international arena. It targets ministries, ministry-level agencies and those from the central to local level, socio-political-economic organisations, businesses, foreign entities operating in Vietnam, researchers, students, workers, citizens from ASEAN member states, Vietnam’s strategic partners and countries that signed free trade agreements with Vietnam. The work will focus on the Party’s policies and guidelines, State laws on global integration, Vietnam’s achievements in politics, national defence-security, socio-economy, education-training, science-technology, bilateral and multilateral cooperation with countries and international organisations. Information will be regularly disseminated via mass media such as Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam, Nhan dan newspaper, grassroots media and prestigious news websites. Between now and 2020, Vietnam will assume a number of positions such as host of APEC Year 2017, ASEAN Chair in 2020 and bid for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021. The country is due to deliver on international commitments regarding entry to the World Trade Organisation by 2018 and embark on several free trade agreements.-VNA... [read more]

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the State budget disbursement in the first six months of 2017 reached 38.7 per cent of the full-year target and rose 7.6 per cent over the same period of 2016. However, the disbursement pace of government bonds and State fund remained slow.   The disbursement of government bonds and State funds reached only VND7.4 trillion and VND24.2 trillion, down 53.2 per cent and 8.7 per cent from the same period of last year, respectively. The aggregate disbursement value of all sources approximated that in previous years but was still lower than this year’s plan.   At the meeting of the Prime Minister’s Working Group on public investment disbursement in 2017, Mr Mai Tien Dung, Minister and Chairman of the Government Office and Head of the Working Group, said, 13 ministries, agencies and localities disbursed less than 20 per cent of the plan in the period and they were criticised by the Prime Minister.   The 13 criticised agencies included the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Commission for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam War Veterans' Association, Hanoi City, Da Nang City, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong province, Tay Ninh province and Binh Phuoc province.   According to the Working Group, the lateness in public investment disbursement is seen as a bottleneck to economic growth. If there…... [read more]




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