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Vietnam’s sustainable development solutions start with students: Danish diplomat

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Vietnam can seek sustainable development solutions from its students’ ideas, Louise Holmsgaard, Deputy Head of Mission at the Danish Embassy, said at the launch of the ‘Denmark in Your Eyes 2021 Painting Competition’ on Thursday. 

Themed ‘Green Living,’ the competition is the first event in a series of activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Denmark diplomatic relations, according to information released at the launch at Nguyen Sieu School in Hanoi. 

Green growth, along with a green transition, is one of the top priorities in the two countries’ long-term cooperative efforts.

Deputy head of Mission of Denmark Embassy Louise Holmsgaard delivers her remarks at the launch ceremony of the ‘Denmark in Your Eyes 2021 Painting Competition’. Photo: Khoa Thu / Tuoi Tre

Deputy Head of Mission at the Danish Embassy Louise Holmsgaard delivers her remarks at the launch of the ‘Denmark in Your Eyes 2021 Painting Competition.’ Photo: Khoa Thu / Tuoi Tre

Impressed by Vietnam’s rapid growth, Holmsgaard explained that, besides economic indicators, the Vietnamese government must pay more attention to its sustainable development initiatives, especially in renewable energy – one of the country’s greatest potentialities. 

“This overarching aim has been fully reflected in our cooperation including in the annual Denmark in Your Eyes Competition,” said the diplomat. 

“The contest will be a platform for the young generation to voice and share their thoughts, concerns, hopes, and ideas on how we together can make our planet a prosperous and sustainable home for the well-being of all, through what could be daily simple and humble deeds.”

Nguyen Sieu School’s students speak with their teacher about what they want to draw. Photo: Khoa Thu / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Sieu School students speak with their teacher about what they want to draw. Photo: Khoa Thu / Tuoi Tre

Stressing that 2021 marks half a century of the Denmark-Vietnam ties, Holmsgaard expressed her hope that “the friendship between the Vietnamese and Danish peoples will last forever.”

Homsgaard also recommended that the young competitors speak with their friends, teachers, and families about how to live greener and more sustainable lives.  

Student Dang Anh Kiet draws on marine debris. Photo: Khoa Thu / Tuoi Tre

Student Dang Anh Kiet draws on marine debris. Photo: Khoa Thu / Tuoi Tre

Dang Anh Kiet, a sixth grader of Nguyen Sieu School, told Tuoi Tre News about his concerns over Vietnam’s poor waste sorting practices while drafting a picture on marine debris. 

“A lot of people simply put waste into trash bins without an attempt to classify, causing difficulties to the processing step,” he said. 

“The practice will lead to tons of trash piled up in landfills, or worse, discharged to oceans.”

Louise Holmsgaard poses with a young competitor. Photo: Khoa Thu / Tuoi Tre

Louise Holmsgaard poses with a young competitor. Photo: Khoa Thu / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, Luong Trung Hieu, another sixth grader, wanted to deliver a message of renewable energy by drawing a wind turbine beside the national flags of Vietnam and Denmark. 

This year’s competition, co-hosted by the Embassy of Denmark and the Vietnam-Denmark Friendship Association, is open to all Vietnamese elementary and middle school students. 

The winners will be announced in May. 

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Over 1.7mn students back to school in Ho Chi Minh City

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More than 1.7 million students in Ho Chi Minh City returned to school on Monday after having to switch to remote learning for several weeks as part of COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

According to the observations of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, students of Tran Van On Middle School in District 1 had to queue up in two lines to have their body temperature measured before entering the school.

They then sanitized their hands upon passing the school gate and had to keep their face masks on all the time.

Parents take their children to school in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Parents take their children to school in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Similar procedures were applied at Nguyen Du Middle School, and the flag salute ceremony was organized inside classrooms instead of in the schoolyard.

Meanwhile, Hoa Binh Elementary School prepared automatic hand sanitizers at the gate, and all students had their body temperature checked inside classrooms.

An automatic hand sanitizer is installed at Hoa Binh Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

An automatic hand sanitizer is installed at Hoa Binh Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Following the Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February, all students were required to switch to remote learning until the end of the month due to the complicated COVID-19 developments.

The municipal People’s Committee issued a document last Wednesday stating that students and learners of local schools, universities, and other educational institutions will resume their normal classes on March 1.

Students attend the flag salute ceremony inside a classroom at Hoa Binh Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Students attend the flag salute ceremony inside a classroom at Hoa Binh Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures were required to be taken to ensure safety for students, teachers, and staff members.

The city has not recorded any local infections since February 11.

Students have their body temperature measured at Nguyen Van Troi Primary School in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Students have their body temperature measured at Nguyen Van Troi Elementary School in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A student washes her hands at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A student washes her hands at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A student washes her hands at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A student washes her hands at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend the flag salute ceremony inside a classroom at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend the flag salute ceremony inside a classroom at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A teacher informs her students of COVID-19 prevention and control rules at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A teacher informs her students of COVID-19 prevention and control rules at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Two students hug each other at Le Van Tam Middle School in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Two students hug each other at Le Van Tam Middle School in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Students fill in health declarations at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students fill out health declaration forms at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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Hanoi allows students to return to school next month

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K-12 students in Hanoi will be back to school next Tuesday, while university students and learners of other educational institutions will return the following week.

According to the decision of the municipal People’s Committee, K-12 students will return to school on March 2, while university students and other learners will resume their normal classes on March 8.

The city’s Department of Education and Training, Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, and Department of Health were tasked with carrying out COVID-19 prevention and control measures to prepare for the back-to-school dates.

Local schools have been required to disinfect all classrooms and facilities prior to March 1, as well as preparing soap, hand sanitizer, face masks, and electronic thermometers to ensure safety for students, teachers, and staff members.

The Hanoi administration previously ordered all students to switch to remote learning from February 17 until the end of the month due to the complicated COVID-19 pandemic.

As the city has not documented any local infection for multiple days, the municipal Department of Education and Training proposed that students be allowed to go back to school in early March.

The city is also expected to lift a lockdown on the final location on March 1.

Vietnam has recorded 2,423 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning, with 1,844 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

A total of 837 community-based infections have been reported in the country since January 27.

Among them, 35 were detected in Hanoi.

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Ho Chi Minh City students to resume school in early March

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All students in Ho Chi Minh City have been allowed to go back to school in early March as the COVID-19 pandemic has been put under control again in the southern metropolis.

The municipal People’s Committee on Wednesday issued a document stating that students and learners of local schools, universities, and other educational institutions will resume their normal classes on March 1.

The city’s Department of Education and Training and Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs will provide local schools with guidance on pandemic prevention and control measures.

Students who have been to virus-hit areas will be required to fill out health declaration forms.

Stern penalties will be imposed upon those failing to declare their health status or violating rules on COVID-19 prevention and control.

All students, teachers, and other staff members will have to complete online health declaration on a daily basis.

Following the Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February, all students were required to switch to remote learning until the end of the month due to the complicated COVID-19 developments.

The city recorded 36 community-based COVID-19 cases between February 6 and 11.

A total of 35 locations in 10 districts and Thu Duc City were sealed off to prevent the disease from spreading further into the community.

As of Tuesday afternoon, lockdown had been lifted from all of these locations.

The municipal Department of Education and Training on the same day proposed that all students be allowed to return to school on March 1.

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