Siwon Choi and Jaemin Na join a cast of stars to celebrate World Children’s Day across the world

The two Korean celebrities call on young people in Viet Nam to speak up and stand up against school violence

15 November 2018
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Ha Noi (VIET NAM), 16 November 2018 – UNICEF Korea Special Representative and K-pop band Super Junior’s member, Siwon Choi, together with NCT Dream band member Jaemin Na, have teamed up with UNICEF in Viet Nam to release on 20 November a new video about school violence on the occasion of World Children’s Day celebration. During a recent field visit to Viet Nam both Korean artists have met high school children and exchanged on how peer violence in schools is impacting students.

The short video is a powerful call on all young people to speak up and stand up against school violence. The video will be released on social media and young people are encouraged to share widely to spread the message among peers.

“World Children's Day is meant to be a fun celebration but it’s also a day to talk about serious issues that children have to face in school,” said Siwon Choi. “During my visit to Viet Nam, I have met so many school children who are inspired to be role models for the present and future of their country. All children should have a chance to speak up for what matters to them, like school violence, and they should be encouraged to take action to end violence against children." 

Message from Siwon Choi and Jaemin Na on World Children's Day

[English Below] Các bạn ơi!!! Đại sứ Thiện chí của UNICEF Hàn Quốc #ChoiSiwon và thành viên nhóm NCT Dream #NaJaemin có một thông điệp cực kì đặc biệt muốn gửi đến các bạn nhân kỉ niệm #Ngày_Trẻ_em_Thế_giới. Like và share video này nếu bạn đồng ý với thông điệp này nhé! Chúc mừng Ngày Trẻ em Thế giới!! 🎉 💙👼💚👼💙👼💚 Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF Korea, #SiwonChoi and member of NCT Dream, #JaeminNa have a special message on #WorldChildrensDay. Like and share this video if you agree with them! Happy World Children’s Day! 🎉 #WCD2018 #GoBlue CC: SMTOWN; 슈퍼주니어(Super Junior); NCT; NCT DREAM; 유니세프한국위원회

Posted by UNICEF Viet Nam - Quỹ Nhi Đồng Liên Hợp Quốc on Monday, November 19, 2018

Evidence shows that peer-to-peer violence in schools is alarming, and the most common form of violence reported by students in Viet Nam is bullying such as humiliating language, physical fights and harassment from their peers. More than half of students have reported being victim of violence in schools – including physical and verbal abuse by teachers and other students greatly affecting their self-esteem and academic performance.

Siwon Choi and Jaemin Na join other celebrities across the world such as actor Millie Bobby Brown, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Lilly Singh; singer-songwriter Dua Lipa and performance artists Blue Man Group, who participate in the World Children’s Day celebration to demand a brighter future for kids.

UNICEF’s annual World Children’s Day is commemorated each year on 20 November and marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The global day raises awareness and vital funds for the millions of children who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted. This year, UNICEF is inviting the public to go online and sign its global petition asking for leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child now and for future generations, and to Go Blue for every child by doing or wearing something blue on 20 November.

Go Blue on World Children’s Day

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