13 March 2024

Air pollution

Air pollution is one of the greatest threats to children’s health. Ninety-nine per cent of people in the world live in places where the air is considered unhealthy. When children breathe toxic air, it harms their health and jeopardizes their future. For children to grow up healthy, they need clean, safe air. Here are some ways you can reduce air…, Air pollution: Fast facts, What is air pollution?, When harmful substances (pollutants) – particles, gases, or matter – are released into the air and reduce its quality, the air is polluted. When it is very polluted, we can see a gray or yellow haze., Where does air pollution come from?, Most air pollution comes from sources like power plants and factories that burn fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas); road traffic; waste management; excessive fertilizer and pesticide use and burning of agricultural waste; coal and wood burning stoves; and wildfires., How does air pollution impact our health?, Air pollution is directly linked with diseases that kill. It can cause serious health and environmental hazards to people and other living beings. Pollutants in the air contain particles known as PM 2.5. These particles are about the size of one-thirtieth the width of a human hair and can be carried across thousands of miles. PM 2.5 can pass into…, How do I know if the air is polluted?, Air pollution levels can vary depending on the place and time of day. Check if air quality information is available on weather apps or local news for where you live. Does your neighbourhood have operating factories, power plants or congested traffic nearby? If so, you are likely to be exposed to high levels of air pollution. Air pollution cannot…, Children and air pollution, Why are children more at risk?, As children are growing, their developing lungs and brains make them especially vulnerable to air pollution. Their immune systems are weaker than adults, making them more vulnerable to viruses, bacteria and other infections. This increases the risk of respiratory infection and reduces their ability to fight it. Young children breathe faster than…, How does air pollution impact children?, Air pollution causes both immediate and long-term health effects in children that can be irreversible. Air pollution is linked to respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma. It can exacerbate underlying health conditions and harm children’s physical and cognitive development. As a result, other areas of children’s lives can be…, What symptoms of exposure to air pollution should I look out for? , Here are some symptoms that can result from exposure to air pollution. Talk to your doctor if a member of your family experiences any of these symptoms.   Dry/irritated eyes, headache, fatigue, allergies or shortness of breath. In infants, look out for signs of exertion while breathing.   People with asthma might experience more severe asthmatic…, How to protect children from air pollution, Air pollution is a global problem and requires action not just by families and individuals, but by communities and governments. However, there are many things we can do to reduce our exposure to air pollution and reduce its impact on children. Here are some key steps you can take with your family:, Protecting children from air pollution outdoors, Monitor the air quality information where you live on a daily basis and try to adjust your family’s behaviour and exposure levels accordingly. Try to reduce the time spent in areas where pollution is high, such as near or around areas of severe traffic congestion or sources of industrial pollution. Travelling at times of the day when air pollution…, Protecting children from air pollution indoors, Use cleaner fuels and technologies to cook, heat and light your home. If possible, choose electricity, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, biogas or solar stoves or ovens. Ensure the cooking area is well-ventilated by opening windows and using exhaust fans to allow heat and fumes to escape. If it’s hard to ventilate your kitchen, consider…, Help create change for cleaner air, Air pollution is a public health emergency and unless governments and businesses take concrete steps to reduce it, children will continue to suffer the most. You can play an important role in raising awareness of the problem and the solutions. Encourage and support your children to learn about and participate in environmental activities.  Use…
16 August 2023

Flying Kites

For the sky, full of flying kites... Children can learn and dream so high! Those are the lyrics in the song "FLYING KITES" composed by Tien Dat and Duy Khoa, which is the theme song of the campaign " A safe, clean and green ASEAN for every child ". It brings to life the desire to send dreams, join hands for change, create a better world so that…, Who can participate in the competition?, In the form of a collective competition, it is open to all primary and secondary schools nationwide (as teams/ groups/ representative classes or school students - aged 6 to 15 years old)., Join the Disaster Risk Reduction flashmob dance competition!, Let’s join hands to build safe schools and sustainable communities against natural disasters and climate change for all children through fun and creative teamwork activities!, Timeline of the competition: , August 15, 2023: The competition launching. September 1 to 30 (4 weeks): Competition opens for video submissions, via Facebook group: Thử thách làm phim '1 phút xanh (‘1-minute green’ video challenge) October 5: The final results will be announced., TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: VND 40 MILLION, Weekly prizes: Total value of VND 8 million. Each week will have: 01 First Prize: Each prize is worth VND 1 million 02 Sub-prizes: Each prize is worth VND 500,000   * Note : The results are based on the total number of interaction points (likes, hearts, comments, shares, in which the share score will double the number of remaining interactions).…, HOW TO JOIN THE COMPETITION:, - Step 1: Schools/classes/groups create and practice their performances: flashmob dances to the song about disaster risk reduction and climate actions - “Flying Kites”. Check out the sample video with moves that have been composed, choreographed, and shared by the organizing committee below: - Step 2: Schools/classes/groups record the flashmob (…, OTHER RULES:, Videos must be rehearsed, recorded, and submitted by the schools/classes/groups themselves. Copyright is enforced. Do not copy other entries. The organizers have the right to use all videos participating in the contest for communication activities with non-commercial purposes. Read more at here to view and download materials on natural disaster…
18 July 2023

The English Speaking Contest on disaster risk reduction and climate actions

Dear beloved students and parents, The English Speaking Contest on disaster risk reduction and climate actions is co-organized by the Vietnam Disaster and Dyke Management Authority (MARD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Viet Nam with the support of the Government of Japan and Amslink English Center., Are you?, A secondary or high school student in Viet Nam. Interested in hot global issues such as disaster prevention and climate change adaptation. Wishing to make a difference by bringing your voice to ASEAN leaders about the contributions of children and adolescents in disaster risk reduction and climate actions. Able to speak English fluently. Sharing…, Join the English Speaking Contest!, Make a difference and let your voice be heard., Objectives, To support the 11th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management and its side activities during Viet Nam chairmanship in 2023. To disseminate knowledge on disaster risk reduction and climate actions. To raise awareness and strengthen skills for children and the youth in responding to natural disasters and climate change. To create…, Topics, Your perspective on disaster risk reduction and climate actions in Viet Nam and around the world. Your innovative ideas related to disaster risk reduction and climate actions. Your local experience in disaster prediction, prevention and response, to frequently occurring disasters in your area., How to join?, General information Contestants may enter individually or as part of a group (maximum of 2 members). Presentations must be delivered in English. Content you present must discuss the above topics. Preliminary Round The preliminary round will take place online. Entries must be submitted to the Organizing Committee by August 25, 2023, via email at…, Prizes: TOTAL OF 200 MILLION VND WORTH PRIZES, Preliminary Round The first 30 contestants/groups to submit their entries will receive a souvenir gift. Final Round 1st Prize: 4 million VND 3 Second Prizes: 3 million VND/each 3 Third Prizes: 2 million VND/each 3 Consolation Prizes: 1 million VND/each 2 additional prizes will be awarded based on the total number of likes and shares of the…, ARE YOU READY TO JOIN FOR A SAFE, CLEAN, AND GREEN ASEAN FOR ALL CHILDREN?, Contest Launch: July 23-29, 2023 Preliminary Round Entry Submission: July 25-August 25, 2023 (4 weeks) Preliminary Round Results Announcement: September 15, 2023 Online Training for Finalists: September 18, 2023 Final Round and Awards Ceremony in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province: October 3, 2023 The Winner will deliver a speech at the 11 th ASEAN…, CONTEST PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES:, Preliminary Round: Who can join? The contest is open to Vietnamese secondary and high school students who reside in Vietnam (ages 12 to 18). There is no limit to the number of entries per contestant. The submission must include the attached entry information form ( English speaking contest entry form here ) Consider the following for innovation:…, SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE FINAL ROUND, Criteria Sub-criteria Details Maximum Content - Introduction - State the purpose clearly 10 - Problems - State the main ideas 5 - Develop supporting ideas logically 5 - Describe the current problem 5 - Use reliable and relevant data and evidences 5 - Solutions - Clearly define solutions 10 - Conclusion - Summarise the main ideas effectively 10 -…, (*) Additional Prize Scoring:, 1 like or reaction from 1 account = 1 point 1 comment from 1 account = 2 points 1 share from 1 account = 3 points (only valid if shared publicly -> valid for public shares only) The total score is calculated as the sum of points from the Thien Tai The Gioi fan page and Amslink English Center fan page Note: Cheating, such as hacked likes, fake…, Video Format Requirements:, File format: MP4 preferred Maximum length: 3 minutes Aspect ratio: 16:9 (vertical) or 4:3 (horizontal) preferred Resolution: Submit the original video at the highest available resolution (minimum 1280 x 720 pixels). Avoid sending videos via social networks, as this may reduce video quality. #EarlyAction #ForEveryChild #UNICEF #VNDMA
15 March 2023

A look back at ‘Together we act’ communication campaign successes

The innovative media campaign “ Together we act – For a safe, clean and green Viet Nam for every child ” has provided a hit with Vietnamese children nationwide.  The campaign, coordinated by UNICEF in Viet Nam and the Standing Office of the National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control (NSCDPC), had attracted more than 33,000…, 1. Gameshow "Beat the Internet – Disaster risk reduction and climate actions" , Le Duong Khanh Linh (pictured middle) and Le Ba Minh Nhat (pictured right), 9th graders from Le Do secondary school, Da Nang, participated in the final round of the school-level competition gameshow "Beat Internet”. Le Duong Khanh Linh (pictured middle) and Le Ba Minh Nhat (pictured right), 9th graders from Le Do secondary school, Da Nang,…, 2. Running race "Relaying disasters risk reduction and climate actions - For a safe, clean and green Viet Nam for every child" , More than 2,000 competitors, 1,000 at My Khe beach in central Da Nang and 1,000 virtually, competed in a running race on December 10, 2022 as part of the UNICEF-NSCDPC supported “Together we act – For a safe, clean and green Viet Nam for every child” campaign to raise awareness of disaster preparedness and climate change.  More than 500 students…, 3. 1-MINUTE GREEN VIDEO CHALLENGE “EARLY ACTION WITH CHILDREN- DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND CLIMATE ACTIONS” ,   Nguyen Viet Nhat loves film making with a mobile phone. Nguyen Viet Nhat loves film making with a mobile phone. The "1-minute green” video challenge proved a hit with children across Viet Nam, with nearly 9,000 videos from youth aged 13-18 received and 24,000 new members only four weeks after the launch of the UNICEF Viet Nam Facebook group.  …