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Children in Quang Nam province to be seriously protected

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Children in Quang Nam province to be seriously protected

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

The People’s Committee of the Central province of Quang Nam on August 2nd launched a pilot project of children protection in Tam Ky city.  

Accordingly, the committee and the World Vision Organization will carried out  this three-year project in five mountainous districts of Bac Tra My, Phuoc Son, Tien Phuoc, Nong Son and Dong Giang.

Some US $11,000 will be funded for the first year of the project. The fund can be adjusted in the following years, based on the reality of demands and the agreement between the two organizers.

The goal of this project is to improve the effectiveness of taking care of and protecting children from being abused and tortured.

In 2009, the Department of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs of Quang Nam province and other related agencies helped liberate a number of children from their violent gold mine owners.

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Mekong delta provinces urged to take social science research seriously

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 9:12 am

Some provinces in the Mekong delta still consider social science research to be frivolous, said participants of a meeting held to discuss scientific issues of the region for the 2011-2015 term.

A floating market in Can Tho City(Photo: Ng. Nam)

The meeting, held in Can Tho City, the center of the Mekong Delta region, included scientists, presidents of institutes and researchers. Participants claimed the region, despite several achievements of late, still lags behind in its social science research, due to unprofessional methods that are not commensurate with the general growth of the region.

Professor Do Hoai Nam, President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Science, told the seminar that in the future, there would need to be more cooperation among scientists of central and provincial agencies to contribute to sustainable development of the region.

Meeting participants also discussed wide gap between the rich and the poor, the devastation of traditional values due to effects of international integration, maintaining steady growth, the training and utilization of personnel, as well as climate change.

Participants all agreed that collaboration between research and training, among the central and regional agencies, is essential.

Source: SGGP

Trade villages seriously pollute environment

In Vietnam Environment on September 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm

More than 90 percent of trade villages have been found to violate environmental protection regulations and caused water, air and land pollution and have serious food safety problems, recently said Colonel Nguyen Xuan Ly, head of the Environmental Police Department.

Dye cloth water from Van Phuc trade village flows untreated into the environment.

To resolve environmental regulation violations at trade villages, State agencies will focus on protection and prevention measures, as well as fighting environmental violations, Col. Ly said.

According to a survey on pollution levels around trade villages, it showed that most trade villages did not care about environmental protection measures.

All 123 etablisments  in Tu Son, Bac Ninh Province, did not have sewage nor exhaust fume treatment systems.

According to results of water samples taken from villages, water pollution had exceeded limits, with sulphur dioxide 40 to 60 times that legally allowed.

Dust concentration was 113 to 230 times the legal limit and nitrogen dioxide levels 50 to 70 times that allowed.

Many wood and paper producers in Bac Ninh and other trade villages have been causing environmental pollution, with their waste water flowing untreated directly into rivers and canals.

Col. Ly said that relevant State agencies need to educate locals in order to enhance environmental awareness.

The State needs to use measures, such as finance, better management and coordinate with related ministries, in order to reduce pollution.

The Environmental Police Department will penalize establishments in villages that violate environmental protection laws. The department will also ask the owners of the establishments to promise to take action to the protect environment, Col. Ly added.


Source: SGGP

Lack of nutrition in school meals seriously stunts children’s growth

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Children who are over five years of age need better nutrition to support their activities at school and at home. — VNA/VNS Photo Bich Ngoc

HA NOI — A recent study by the Institute of Nutrition has revealed that school children suffer more from malnutrition than younger children because of poor school meals.

The study found that the malnutrition rate of children under 5 years old was 31.9 per cent, and 32.8 per cent for children over 5. The malnutrition rate of over five-year-old children was two-three times higher in HCM City where 200,000 primary school students took their meals at school.

Nguyen Thi Hop, deputy director of the institute, said that children over five typically needed better nutrition to support their activities at school and at home.

Many parents now leave their children at school from the morning to the afternoon, leaving them to have their lunch there. Unfortunately, these meals often are not sufficient, Hop said.

Hop said that most schools do not have the knowledge to feed children properly, and offer mostly fast food.

Lunch is an important part of daily nutrition; unappealing menus and badly cooked meals discourage many students from eating lunch.

Nguyen Thi Nga, whose son studies at Lomonoxop Secondary School in Ha Noi, said her son has complained about poor and meagre school meals. Every day, Nga packs a lunch for her son, while continuing to pay the lunch fee, as he and many other students now refuse to eat school meals. Many other students go to the canteen where they have to pay again for food.

Lomonoxop School’s manager Ngo Trong Nghia said that while some children do not like the school meals, that number is not the majority. Nghia noted that the school only takes responsibility for one of the child’s meals, while families are responsible for the majority of their child’s nutrition.

Hai Yen, who sends her six-year-old daughter to Quang Trung Primary, said her daughter also dislikes the food at school.

“My daughter has lost 1kg in a single school term because of the meals,” said Yen.

Nguyen Kieu Van, who sends her son to Nguyen Du Primacy School, does not really trust school lunches, but she has no other choice.

“I instead give more milk to him at home,” Van said.

Le Ngoc Diep, director of HCM City Primary Education Bureau, said most school deans know nothing about the meals, so it’s not easy for them to address these complaints.

Diep said that universities should train future teachers and school managers about child nutrition.

The Institute of Nutrition’s deputy director said that children, especially those going through puberty, need a special amount of food to optimise their development. Puberty is a good period for the nation’s children to develop at similar levels to others in the world, and targeting these children could help reduce the malnutrition situation in Viet Nam, where the child malnutrition rate is of the highest in the world.

According to the leading medical journal The Lancet, Viet Nam is among 20 countries in the world with the highest levels of malnutrition. The World Health Organisation said the average 15-year-old Vietnamese child is 10-14cm shorter than the organisation’s standard.

Doctor Tu Giay, an expert in nutrition, said that Japan improved their nation’s stature by giving one generation one more glass of milk a day after the Second World War. Now, the Japanese are on average 10 cm taller than the Vietnamese.

Giay emphasised that while the country is concentrating on children’s education, they are not focusing on their nutrition. The doctor said that school meals needed more attention, including guidance from a national plan and State investment. Though Viet Nam currently has some programmes to subsidise nutrition for school children in 10 provinces under the support of international organisations, it has no national programme for school nutrition.

A recent experiment in three schools in Bac Ninh Province, that provided two more milk bags per student per day, helped increase the children’s weight and height after just six months. —