|Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan and Minister of Labour - Invalid and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen give presents to outstanding pupils who overcome daily hardship.—Photo chinhphu
HA NOI (VNS)— A ceremony was held in Ha Noi on Saturday, International Children's Day (June 1), to launch the Month of Action for Children 2013 as part of Viet Nam's efforts to raise public awareness of the care, education and protection of children.
Addressing the event, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said a great majority of children enjoyed better care and finer values over the past years thanks to due attention by the Party, State, families and society.
However, the care of underprivileged children remained a challenge, she said, adding that this year's action month with the theme "Creating equal development opportunities for poor and ethnic minority children" was of great significance to the task of caring for, educating and protecting children.
The Vice President asked authorities, organisations, communities and families nationwide to work out more measures to assist underprivileged children as well as implement effectively the National Action Programme for Children in the 2011-2020 period and the 2011-2015 National Child Protection Programme.
On this occasion, the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) received nearly 10 billion VND (nearly US$480,700) from five domestic and foreign donors to sponsor the implementation of programmes and projects for disabled children and children of difficult circumstances.
Responding to the International Children's Day and the Action Month for Children 2013, localities and units across the country had carried out a range of practical activities for children, especially those of difficult circumstances and Agent Orange/Dioxin victims.
Meanwhile, in HCM City, an exhibition of 24 outstanding paintings by children occupying pride of place alongside works by senior artists was opened on Saturday to celebrate International Children's Day.
The 24 paintings, selected from works submitted by 120 children, vividly portray the colourful world of childhood and their aspirations for peace.
Another set of works on display in the exhibition have been done by children with disabilities from a HCM City charity organisation that provides them training for job opportunities.
The exhibition also aims to raise funds to support children in the Truong Sa Archipelago.
Organisers of the event said they planned to hold the event annually on a larger scale.
The artists have contributed 35 works to the exhibition. Fifty to 100 per cent of money raised from selling the paintings will be used to support children who live on the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago.
Speaking at a prize-giving ceremony for the 24 children whose works were selected for the exhibition, Huynh Van Muoi, chairman of HCM City's Fine Art Association, said he was very impressed with the creativity they had shown.
The exhibition at the HCM City Exhibition Hall in District 1 will close today. — VNS