In the morning of August 9, 2023, in coordination with the Centre of Culture, Information and Sports, the Son Tay Children’s House, Son Tay Association for Promoting Education, the Action to the community Development Institute (ACDC) had organized the Drawing event “Our voices” in Hanoi.
The event had the participation of Mr. Le Dai Thang, Standing Committee of the Town Committee, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Son Tay town; Mr. Vu Duc Quan, Director of Center for Culture, Information and Sports; Ms.Vuong Thi Minh Hai, Deputy Head of Education and Training Department; Mr. Phan Cong Quy, Deputy Secretary of Son Tay Township ; Ms. Dam Viet Ha; Deputy Director of ACDC Institute; Mr. Dam Van Thuy, Vice Chairman of Son Tay Town Learning Promotion Association ; along with 100 people, including 60 children within the town
Ms. Dam Viet Ha, Vice Director of ACDC, spoke at the opening ceremony
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mrs. Dam Viet Ha – Vice Director of the ACDC Institute, expressed: “In today's event , we expected parents, teachers, children’s clubs and young parental networks to create more favorable conditions in every aspects so the children can unleash their creativity, having more meaningful and unique drawing works, which contributed to the communication work in enhancing the community awareness in child protection”.
Mr. Le Dai Thang, Standing Committee Member and Vice Chairman of People’s Committee emphasized: “Today’s activity is extremely humane and meaningful. On behalf of the town, we acknowledged and highly appreciated the coordination of relevant parties involved and wholeheartedly support the events for the children and the community so they can benefited from what is best”.
Throughout the program, children and parents participated in a range of bustling activities such as cultural performance perfomred by children themselves, joined in the quiz games and participated in the drawing contest “Our voices”. At the program, children were able to unleash their creativity and create various colored paintings related to the contest’s theme and their own interest. Children had the chances to showcase their strength and talents via vivid artworks, conveying the message about life, friendships, family relationships, teachers and schools, preventing child abuse, saying no to domestic and school violence,…
Everybody together joyfully participated in the quiz games
Ms. Le Thi Bich Ngoc, mother of a child with disabilitties, shared:”I could witness my child excitement and happiness during the event. The child obtained many valuable lessons that he hadn’t known before. His drawing made me feel very happy. If we have events like these in the next time, then all the kids will be very happy”.
Ms. Khuat Thi Tinh Hue, an art teacher at a primart school said:”Today I feel very honored to participate in the contest “Our voices”, because by this contest, our students themselves also got attended. They felt really joyful, enthusiastic and confident in drawing, expressing their ideas with the contest “Our voices”. From the drawing activity, the kids can freely portray their creativity, their thoughts on children protection on the media; particularly the children with disabilities”.
Children can freely express their creativity with many attractive themes of the contest “Our voices”
In response to the interview, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Mai Huong, Expert of Education and Training Department of Son Tay town, shared:”The contest had left in us many feelings.Tthe students were enthusiastic when participating in the program, which spread positive values and humanitarianism in the community. Participating into these competitions truly bring joy and hapiness to the children. We, as educators, are deeply moved and extremely grateful that the program had brought the positive energy and love to generations of children, especially students and children wih disabilities, and children whose are vulnerable in society. We sincerely thank the program and the board of organizers. I hope that in the upcoming years, we will all continue to create meaningful programs like these so that children can live a happy and satisfied life. Everyday going to school is a joyful experience, everyday living in this life should foster the love for everyone – for society, nature, the nation and the Vietnamese people.”
This activity is part of the project “Increased accountability to eliminate violence and discrimination against children with disabilities” (AVAC) implemented by ACDC under the funding of Save the Children Hongkong and under the management of Save the Children in Vietnam. The event expects to raise awareness and solve the problems on preventing, reducing threats of harming against children, enhancing knowledge and communication coverage to protect children, particularly children with disabilities; as well as teachers, parents/child caregivers through diverse creative, artistic mindset forms.