Disaster Prevention Campaign in Viet Nam Reveals Winners of the Drawing CompetitionApr 2, 2018
The disaster awareness campaign “Schools of Son Tinh” announced 12 winners of the drawing and painting competition today. Targeting school-age children, the competition attracted over 310 students from Ha Noi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, where disaster education and tsunami drills were conducted.
Organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Steering Center for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the competition sought students’ perspective to building resilient communities, reducing risk from disasters and ultimately preventing the loss of lives in the event of natural hazards.
The first prize winners were Le Thi Quynh Nhu, class 51, Phu Dien primary school, Thua Thien Hue province and Nguyen Thi My Ha, class 77, Truong Van Ly secondary school, Ninh Thuan province. The second prize winner were Nguyen Anh Tuan, class 51, Hong Ha primary school, Thua Thien Hue province; Luu Thi Trinh, class 85, Truong Van Ly secondary school, Ninh Thuan province; Luong Vo Khoi Quoc, class 87, Truong Van Ly, Ninh Thuan province and Nguyen Hoai Nam, class 11A2, Cau Giay high school, Ha Noi. In addition, there are six winners of the third prize.
“The drawings suggested strengthening dams, reinforcing houses, developing disaster risk maps etc. The pictures reminded us to take proactive actions at all stages of disasters, at reparation and prevention phases, early recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction stages after disasters,” said Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam.
Wiesen encouraged the Viet Nam’s Disaster Management Authority and the Ministry of Education and Training to further share these drawings, and also replicate activities of the campaign to ensure that many more students can gain practical knowledge of disasters and measures to take to mitigate the impacts.
“We hope the students will spread the practical knowledge on disaster prevention to friends, relatives and communities,” said Mr. Nguyen Truong Son, Deputy Head of the National Standing Office of the National Steering Center for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, and Deputy Director, Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority. “This Awareness Raising Campaign should be replicated by the Ministry of Education and Training through the nationwide programme to equip students with skills and knowledge, reduce damage to people and property”.
The award ceremony marked the end of the “Schools of Son Tinh” campaign that was launched on 20 September 2017 to raise awareness about natural disasters and train students to react to tsunami or earthquake warning, floods or cyclones, and practice emergency evacuation. More than 4,979 studetns were trained in Ha Noi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, in the areas prone to floods and storms.
The campaign in Viet Nam successfully incorporated folk games, singing, drawing and acting competitions to spread messages about natural disasters among students, teachers, families and communities.
The campaign in part of a regional program, facilitated by UNDP and supported by the Government of Japan, that brings disaster education and evacuation drills to 90 schools in 18 Asia-Pacific countries. They include: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.
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Phan Huong Giang,
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