The 2018 Action Month for Children has been launched under the theme “For children’s safe and healthy living”.
Taking place until June 30, the event will include a range of activities to raise awareness about ensuring child rights, particularly the right to safe and healthy living in the digital era.
During the action month, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will hold organise children’s forums and entertainment activities, and provide children in need with scholarships and deformity correction surgeries. The National Fund for Vietnamese Children presented gifts worth more than US$600,000 to nearly 5,000 children nationwide.
Vice State President and Head of the Fund Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said “Local administrations, organizations, parents, and teachers need to uphold their responsibility and work closely to realize the Law on Children and other legal documents to protect and care for children. Activities for children should be further expanded in the near future.”
Laws and knowledge and skills in preventing violence against children are being disseminated during the month. In the context of the 4th industrial revolution, children are at risk of accessing unsafe, unhealthy information.
Ha Thi Quynh Trang, an 8th grader in Phu Tho province, said “Social networks help entertain us but we should not overuse it because it will harm our study and our life. We should participate more in healthy activities.”
The action month aims to raise public awareness of a wide range of child-related issues through a number of messages, including “For children’s safe and healthy living”, “Safe and healthy summer for children”, “Summer without child drowning”, “Listen to children with your heart, protect children with your actions”, “Calling 111 to report acts of violence against children or other child abuse”, “Using social media for the safe and healthy life of children “and more.