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Education and child care are priorities: President

Update: May, 31/2016 - 09:00
President Trần Đại Quang meets with 55 disadvantaged children from 11 cities and provinces nationwide in Hà Nội yesterday ahead of International Children’s Day, which falls on June 1. – VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng
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HÀ NỘI – Child care, education and protection are strategic matters that contribute to preparing and raising the quality of human resources, thus serving the country’s industrialisation, modernisation and international integration, said President Trần Đại Quang.

Speaking at a meeting with 55 disadvantaged children from 11 cities and provinces nationwide in Hà Nội yesterday ahead of International Children’s Day, which falls on June 1, the State leader affirmed that the Vietnamese Party, State and people have always given their love to children.

In recent years, priority has been given to protecting, educating and taking care of underprivileged children with a slew of specific policies covering social allowances, health care, education, vocational training, rehabilitation and legal assistance, he said.

Thanks to joint efforts by the entire political system, families, schools and society, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’(MoLISA) National Fund for Vietnamese Children has, to date, mobilised over VNĐ5 trillion (US$225 million) from domestic and foreign donors to support more than 30 million children in difficult circumstances and those residing in remote areas, the President noted.

He asked the MoLISA and other ministries, agencies and localities to continue effectively actualising the 11th Poliburo’s directive on enhancing the Party leadership as it pertains to child care, education and protection, as well as the National Action Programme for Children in 2016-2020 in conjunction with the Vietnamese Family Development Strategy through 2020.

The leader also called for efforts to disseminate relevant laws, knowledge and skills, saying investment should prioritise facilities for children, especially those belonging to ethnic minority groups and beneficiaries of social welfare policies, and those who live in localities facing extreme difficulties or those affected by natural disasters and disease.

The work requires the involvement of different sectors, with families, schools, the community and socio-political organisations playing the most important role, he stressed.

Praising outstanding academic achievements the students have made despite a range of disadvantages, the President said they reflect the ideals and values set by former President Hồ Chí Minh.

MoLISA reported that since the first event was held in 2008, 425 children from 63 cities and provinces across the country have participated in the programme. — VNS

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