Children raise their voices at national forum

August 19, 2019 - 09:00

A total of 169 children took part in a dialogue with representatives from the Government, sectors and organisations in Hà Nội on Saturday.


Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam receives a message from a child with disabilities during the dialogue. — VNS Photo Thu Trang

HÀ NỘI — Child abuse, combatting violence, education and cyber security are among the main concerns for young people in Việt Nam.

That was the message that came across loud and clear as the sixth national children’s forum which came to an end on Saturday.

In total, 169 children from 41 provinces and cities across the country came to Hà Nội for the four-day event.

In a series of dialogues, they discussed a range of issues that effect their lives.

These included prevention and combat of violence and abuse against children, accidents and injuries involving children, child safety in cyberspace, civic, lifestyles and social skills education, health care and comprehensive development for children.

The discussions resulted in 22 messages and recommendations the children presented to law makers and mass organisations. 

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyễn Thị Hà said the ministry would summerise the messages and cooperate with concerned organisations to find solutions.

The messages would be foundation to compile programmes and projects relating to children in the period of 2021-25, she said.

“We need to listen to the children with our hearts and meet their demands with our actions,” said Hà.

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyễn Thị Nghĩa said the ministry would use the children’s recommendations to improve their lives.

Nghĩa hoped the children would work with ministries to eliminate violence, improve behaviour and better the atmosphere and conditions in school.

Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam asked ministries, agencies and organisations to take actions to address the recommendations raised by the children at the forum.

The sixth national children’s forum was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989-2019) by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the National Assembly Committee for Culture, Education,  Youth, Adolescents and Children, and the Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union.

The forum is held every two years with the first taking place in 2009. — VNS