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Dec 02, 2021 / 21:05

Vietnamese composers win Music Against Child Labour song competition

The competition aimed to use the power of music to raise public awareness and inspire action against child labour.

The two first prizes went to the song Tre em nhu bup tren canh (Children Are Young Leaves on The Trees) by composer Khanh Vinh, and Em uoc mong sao (I Dream), by songwriter Tran Van Hung.

The song Em uoc mong sao by Hanoian artist Tran Van Hung is about children’s dreams of a peaceful world where there is no child labour, disease or war. Meanwhile, the other song awarded first prize, Tre em nhu bup tren canh, by HCM City-based musician Khanh Vinh, reminds us all that children – the future of the country – need to go to school, and that they deserve love and care.

The banner of the song competition. Photo: Vietnam Musicians’ Association

According to People’s Artist Pham Ngoc Khoi, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Musicians’ Association, there are 68 musicians across Vietnam submitting to the Music Against Child Labour song competition quality music pieces.

“The Vietnamese musician community wholeheartedly joined the fight for a better future by dedicating their songs and concerts to raise awareness on child labour,” he said.

A report published by the ILO and UNICEF in June this year showed that the number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide, with millions more at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19. The pandemic has reversed the previous downward trend of child labour in the last two decades.

In Vietnam, pre-Covid data indicated 5.3% of Vietnamese aged five to17, or more than one million children in the country, in child labour.

According to MoLISA Vice Minister Nguyen Thi Ha, the pandemic has left 2,700 Vietnamese children orphaned and hundreds of teens at risk of becoming working children to survive.

“The songs against child labour of this competition will make a positive contribution to changing the mindsets of individuals and the entire society on child labour, and encourage them take action as part of the National Programme on the Prevention and Reduction of Child Labour for the 2021-25 period, issued by the Prime Minister,” she said.

The song competition was an initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Vietnam Musicians’ Association, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children International, and Good Neighbors International.

As part of the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, the competition aimed to use the power of music to raise public awareness and inspire action against child labour.