Your say (19-06-2009) How to keep children safe in the workplace and off the street Last week: Viet Nam News asked its readers about their opinions on child labour and on ways to prevent children from being abused in the workplace. Nguyen Tuyet May, Vietnamese, Ha Noi Most Vietnamese know the case of Nguyen Thi Binh, a 21-year-old girl who was violently abused by a couple selling noodles in Ha Noi’s Thanh Xuan District. For 13 years, the poor girl was forced to work from 4am to 11pm without a salary. She was beaten severely and not allowed to talk to the customers. Eventually, the noodle shop owners were convicted of abusing a child for labour and using violence against that child. But what raised the most concern among the public was that nothing was done about it for 13 years. It wasn’t until 2007, when a woman in Thuong Dinh Market reported the abuse, that something was finally done to help the child. I’m often served by children below the age of 14 (the minimum … [Read more...] about How to keep children safe in the workplace and off the street
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VietNamNet Bridge – Experts have warned about the alarming nutritional health of preschool children in HCM City. Parents keep complaining about the lack of nursery schools. Meanwhile, the budget for preschool system development has been increasing steadily. The HCM City Nutrition Center has expressed its worry about the increasing number of obese children in HCM City. Dr. Do Thi Ngoc Diep, Director of the center, said at a conference discussing the implementation of the school meal project in late February 2014 that the situation of the children’s nutritional health is “alarming”. According to Diep, 48 percent of preschool children in HCM City are “too fat,” 10.5 percent obese and 4.3 percent malnourished. Some analysts have commented that the obesity in HCM City is even more serious than in the US. The nutrition center is considering designing the standard sets of menus for preschool children in an effort to help improve the children’s … [Read more...] about Vietnamese preschool children receive best care in the world?
A ceremony to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the founders of Vietnamese traditional lacquer painting Hoang Tich Chu (18-2-1912 – 2012) was held in Hanoi on February 17 by the Vietnam Fine Art Association on February 17. At the ceremony, fine art critics and researchers affirmed the great contributions Hoang Tich Chu made to Vietnamese art. Painter Chu was born in the northern province of Bac Ninh. He studied at the Indochina Art School in Hanoi from 1936 to 1941, then joined in the revolution and was assigned to establish the first art school in Vietnam. He laid the foundation for Vietnamese lacquer painting and created colours and layouts to develop the art form. His works depict Uncle Ho, the nation's wars and the beauty of the country's landscape. Chu was presented various national and international awards during his lifetime, most notably the Ho Chi Minh Award for Art and Literature in 2000. He passed away on October 22, 2003 at the age of 93. Hanoi … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 20/2
Tri Viet International Education Joint Stock Company last week opened Olympia Schools, a new member of the Dream House Education System, which has been operating in Hanoi for seven years. Le Phuoc Hung, the school’s president chats with VIR’s Song Ngoc about its vision. More new international schools have been established in Vietnam and the concern is that most are backed by domestic investors. What does this trend mean? The benefit of having Vietnamese invest in the international institutions is that we understand the demand of the parents and the needs of our students. Our programme consists of dual languages, we need to provide the Vietnamese culture and values to our students. Full 100 per cent international schools may not be able to support the students in terms of developing their Vietnamese identity. Furthermore, this demonstrates that our society is sophisticated and confident to be able to do this on our own without “depending” on others in terms … [Read more...] about School flying the flag in education approach
VietNamNet Bridge – Local filmmakers and their American counterparts met at a cultural exchange programme yesterday held by the US Consulate General in HCM City to share experiences about documentary film-making. Cinematography expert, Diane Carson, and two film directors, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, have been in Viet Nam as part of the American Documentary Showcase. The showcase is one of several cultural exchange programmes of the US Consulate General to promote mutual understanding between the countries. The programme selects the best or most powerful documentaries in the US to screen in other countries. The main goals of the showcase are to provide a glimpse into American culture, highlight the role of documentary and foster mutual understanding, Patricia Norland, the consulate's Public Affairs Officer, said. The showcase delegations and various films are currently touring the world, including American embassies and consulates in Ecuador, … [Read more...] about US, VN filmmakers share experiences