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Children's voices to be heard on World Children's Day

Released at: 13:06, 18/11/2017

Children's voices to be heard on World Children's Day

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Range of events scheduled on and around Children's Day, November 20, in Vietnam to allow children to raise their concerns and suggest remedies.

by Doanh Doanh

On World Children’s Day, November 20, Vietnamese children will join millions of other children from around the world in raising their voice to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights, and help them fulfill their potential.

They will meet with senior leaders of the National Assembly, the national government, and provincial governments to learn about the work being carried out by the legislative body and government agencies to advance children’s rights and will discuss the challenges children face, especially disadvantaged children. They will also “take over” UNICEF’s Vietnam social media for a week to reflect the voices of children in different regions of the country.

November 20 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and the first World Children’s Day. Children around the world will also “take over” key roles in the media, politics, business, sports, and entertainment, to help put children’s issues on the public agenda.

The following is a calendar of key events in Vietnam.

Saturday, November 18

Dialogue between children in Ho Chi Minh City and the Deputy Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and leaders of different city departments. Children will discuss the issues children in the city are facing, their recommendations on addressing these issues, their views on a city they would want to live in, as well as what they themselves can do to contribute to building such a city. They will also introduce the newly-established City Children’s Council and discuss how this council can help realize their rights to participation.

Monday, November 20

Meeting with Ms. Tong Thi Phong, Deputy Chair of the National Assembly. Children will learn about the role the National Assembly plays to ensure the realization of children’s rights. They will also share with Ms. Phong the outcomes of the National Children’s Forum and request due attention from the National Assembly to address issues.

Meeting with the Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung. Children will learn about the work that has been conducted to realize children’s rights by the ministry, which is responsible for children’s care and protection. They will also share with the Minister the concerns of children, especially those relating to violence, and request the ministry put greater effort into addressing such concerns.

November 17-23

Children take over UNICEF Vietnam’s social media. For a week, the social media platform will be managed by a group of children from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and northern mountainous Lao Cai province to amplify their voice and reach a broad audience. They will develop a plan and produce materials that reflect children’s voices from different parts of the country and that are representative of different contexts.

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