School children at Doan Thi Diem Private Primary School enjoyed the official launch of “Raising Awareness on Climate Change and Energy Saving For Primary School Children” on Thursday Nov 8.
The programme is a joint effort of the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, to raise environmental awareness among children through puppet play.
At the launch, Martin Lidegaard – Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, said: “We believe that environmental and energy saving consciousness should begin at a young age. With the support of the Vietnamese Government and various international organisations, we are positive that this educational programme will inspire our children to take action and limit the negative impacts of climate change.”
The programme will travel to 10 primary schools in Hanoi. There are plans to develop this into an annual nationwide programme in the long run.
There will also be a photo contest whereby children are invited to capture moments of their conserving energy and protecting the environment. These photos will then be displayed in an exhibition held in March 2013 as part of Earth Hour.
According to a report of the World Bank, Southeast Asian and Pacific nations will be most affected by climate changes. Therefore, the launching of the awareness improving education program is a necessary act and should be disseminated in the near future.