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HCM City Communist Youth Union contest help 'build a strong nation'

Update: June, 19/2006 - 00:00

HCM City Communist Youth Union contest help ‘build a strong nation’


Volunteers plant trees in HCM City’s Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh

HCM CITY — A new contest will select a group of HCM City youth who exemplify citizens with strong morals, good professional skills and an ability to overcome hardships in their lives.

The HCM City Communist Youth Union will select the finalists from a list of nominees submitted by individual citizens and civic organisations, including district youth unions. Former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh, the honorary chairwoman of the union’s selection board, said: "We really need outstanding youth to join hands to build a strong nation." Nguyen Minh Nhut, chairman of the organising board, said the youth union would invite scholars, psychologists and education specialists to attend and host meetings about the new programme.

Names can be submitted to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s website or by letter to the city Youth Union. Some of the nominees will be featured in Tuoi Tre, Thanh Nien (Young People) and Khan Quang Do (a newspaper for middle school pupils). The HCM City Youth Union will select the winner among the nominees and the results will be announced on National Day (September 2).

University nominations

After a ceremony on Thursday announcing the contest, HCM City’s Social Sciences and Humanities University sent a list of 30 outstanding youths to organisers.

One nominee is Mai Thi Bach Tuyet, a worker of the Environmental Protection and Sanitation Company of District 1, was born in a family of 10 children. Her family was too poor for her to go to university. Tuyet became a sanitation worker to earn more money for her sisters and brothers to attend high school and help her family to live. "I have always dreamt about studying at university," Tuyet said.

Overcoming hardships, Tuyet is trying to fulfill that dream by attending night class at the Social Sciences and Humanities University. Quoc Cuong, a Youth Union member in Binh Thanh District, said he was touched by Tuyet’s extraordinary efforts.

"She deserves to become the typical outstanding youth of HCM City," he added. Ho Thieu Hung, a selection board member who was former vice head of the city Party Committee’s Ideology and Culture Commission, said those chosen as examples of outstanding youths would serve "as mirrors for many youth who lacked a strong will in their life." Phuong Trinh, another Youth Union member in District 3, said Viet Nam was in the process of fast economic and cultural development and youth faced many opportunities and challenges.

"The programme plays an important role because it provides teenagers with good examples to follow and build confidence," she said. At the ceremony, organisers received a list of 70 nominees from district youth unions and city universities. — VNS

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