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Poor children need places to play, entertainment

Update: June, 29/2015 - 09:46

More than 1,000 poor children with outstanding academic results from 10 provinces and cities across the country received scholarships in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo zing

HCM CITY (VNS) — Children in HCM City, especially the disadvantaged, face a shortage of playgrounds and lack access to entertainment programmes despite allocation of funds made by city authorities in recent years.

The city, for example, has spent more than VND40 billion (US$1.9 million) to build nearly 80 playgrounds. But many neigh-bourhoods still lack play space for children.

Nguyen Thi Lien, deputy head of the city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the city in 2014 had allocated VND20.5 trillion (US$976 million), an increase of 14 times over 2004, for child protection and care.

Lien spoke at a Listen to Children forum held in the city on Friday, organised by the Association for Protection of Children's Rights in co-operation with the Children Welfare Association and Social Work Centre for Children. More than 100 people attended.

According to a report of the city's Department of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs, children's houses in districts have been upgraded and 18 have been equipped with 3D cinemas.

More entertainment programmes are being held, especially for the disadvantaged, but many children lack access.

Also discussed at the forum was the problem of increased school violence.

Attendees said that city agencies should carry out stronger measures to prevent violent incidents to ensure that students fee safe at school.

HCM City has 1.4 million children, 15,000 of whom are disadvantaged. —VNS

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