Contributing to the finalization of the Youth Advocacy Toolkit

 Attending the workshop were Mr. Nguyen Hai Long- Member of the Standing Committee, Head of HCYUCC Department of Children's Affairs, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hao- Director of the National Center for Youth and Children, UNESCO Officials in Vietnam, representatives of Ministries, departments at central and local branches, non-governmental organizations, professional groups, experts.

Ms. Trinh Thi Mai Phuong- Member of the Executive Committee, Acting Head of the International Department of the HCYU chaired the Conference 

Speaking at the opening of the Workshop, Ms. Trinh Thi Mai Phuong said: Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding, the HCYUCC, in collaboration with the UNESCO Vietnam Office has jointly built, adapted and perfected the Advocacy Toolkit for Youth, which is part of the Communication Campaign “Keeping girls in the picture”. In order to adjust the Toolkit to suit the actual conditions and situations of Vietnamese youth, the HCYUCC has coordinated with UNESCO in Viet Nam to organize technical meetings with experts and consulting groups, thereby developing a draft of the Youth Advocacy Toolkit. 

UNESCO Chief Representative in Vietnam Mr. Christian Manhart informed: The campaign "Keeping girls in the picture" has been deployed globally since 2020, to call for the entire community to join hands to protect the progress made in girls' education, ensure girls' continuity in learning during school closures, and promote the safety of girls getting back to study when schools reopened, after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Christian Manhart - Chief Representative of UNESCO in Vietnam speaking online at the Workshop

At the workshop, representatives of ministries, agencies at central and local level, non-governmental organizations, professional groups, and experts said that the development and implementation of a Advocacy Toolkit is extremely necessary. The delegates gave comments on the specific structure, parts, and lists of the Toolkit; on the context, situation and specific data of young people and learning situation, the effects of Covid-19 on the learning of Vietnamese youth. This is one of the most modified parts from the original Toolkit to suit the situation of Vietnamese youth.

In addition, the participants of the workshop also gave opinions on the content of skills that the Toolkit wants to provide when organizing youth advocacy activities. At the same time, give opinions on 05 skills: Advocacy skills, Campaign planning skills, Interview skills, Public speaking skills, Interview execution skills. such as the suitability and feasibility of deploying this toolkit to young people nationwide in order to most comprehensively complete the Toolkit before its official release.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest learning disruption in history. In Viet Nam, the pandemic has affected the education of about 21 million children. This effect is even stronger and more negative for some girls – where education is the only key to opening the door to a better future for them. School is a safe haven for girls. The pandemic is threatening decades of progress on gender equality and putting girls in many parts of the world at risk of teenage pregnancy, early marriage, forced marriage, and violence.

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