Choi Siwon and UNICEF join hands to stop bullying in Viet Nam
Korean celebrity to raise awareness on ways to end violence against children
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 25 September 2019 -- A member of the Korean boy’s group Super Junior, Siwon Choi will use his celebrity and influence in Viet Nam in support of UNICEF’s campaign #StopBullying to raise awareness of young people on bullying and to engage them on how to develop solutions to end this problem.
It’s Siwon’s third visit to Viet Nam and this time he will be accompanied by celebrity actor Jaemin Park. As part of the campaign, the artists will join school children in Da Nang on 2nd October to discuss issues related to violence against children, including bullying. They will also attend the for every child, music concert with performances from children in an effort to promote the positive role of music learning at school.
At the UNICEF Youth Talk, Choi Siwon and Jaemin Park will listen to school children from Da Nang hear how bullying is affecting them and what form of support they need from their peers, caregivers, teachers, school personnel, and the community to feel safe. The aim of the YouthTalk is also to inspire young people across Viet Nam to speak up about bullying and to find solutions together.
“Bullying is so common that it's viewed as almost "normal", but it should never be. Bullying will eventually end if we all decide to stop it. Children should speak out and take action to support each other to end bullying”, said Siwon Choi.
On the same day in Da Nang, the for every child, music concert will bring together 50 children performing on stage, including children with disabilities, to highlight how music provides opportunities for children to find their talent and to grow their ability to express themselves in different ways. UNICEF Viet Nam and SM Entertainment are working together on a three-year project named Growing with Music to promote music education for early childhood education and at other levels of education.
“Bullying in schools undermines children’s confidence, their self-esteem, their education, their long-term mental health – and where we fail to stop bullying, we condone violence and we fail to give children the negotiation and conflict resolution skills that are so important for their future. And sadly, in this connected on-line, social media busy world, bullying has moved from the playground to an ever-present threat, following the victim into their home, into safe spaces – leaving children under attack feeling incredibly isolated and alone. With the kick-off of the #StopBullying campaign, UNICEF seeks to hold schools accountable for creating a zero tolerance to violence approach, where we encourage all children to stand together, to spread kindness not abuse, to take actions that promote support and caring in their schools”, said Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to Viet Nam.
YAN Digital is the official media partner of the #StopBullying campaign helping to reach millions of young Vietnamese through online platforms, including YAN News. Other Vietnamese celebrities and influencers will also lend their voice to the campaign. Highlights of Siwon’s visit to Da Nang as well as exclusive interviews with the celebrities will be available on YAN Digital channels and on UNICEF Viet Nam social media accounts.
"Bullying in schools undermines children’s confidence, their self-esteem, their education, their long-term mental health – and where we fail to stop bullying, we condone violence and we fail to give children the negotiation and conflict resolution skills that are so important for their future" Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to Viet Nam.
Worldwide, some 150 million students, half of all students 13 to 15 years of age, report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school. In a recent U-Report survey on violence is schools in Viet Nam, 38% of the child respondents said they witnessed bullying in the past 12 months.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit https://www.unicef.org/vietnam
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