More children’s councils to be established by 2021

Children's councils will be established in 5 more provinces and cities across Vietnam in the next 2 years to facilitate the development of child welfare in the country.

An agreement on the project was signed in Hanoi on Tuesday between the Vietnam Youth Union and Plan International Vietnam, an NGO that supports marginalized children and youth, especially adolescent girls.

We plan to organize the first meeting between the National Assembly and the children this year. We will also help the children develop their own research projects and improve the performance of agencies representing children, said Plan International Vietnam representative Le Quynh Lan.

Children's councils have proven effective since they were established on a pilot scheme in 5 cities and provinces including Hanoi, Quang Ninh, and Yen Bai 2 years ago. The councils created a forum for children to raise their voice on issues relating to their daily life.

The Hanoi Children's Council meets every 2 years to discuss pressing issues such as dangers related to drowning, violence and the abuse against children, together with child labor, and child safety in the digital age, said Bui Lan Huong, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi Young Pioneer Council.

Source: VOV5