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Feb 20, 2024 / 21:21

Hanoi launches Reading Cultural Ambassador Contest

The Reading Culture Ambassador Contest has become an annual cultural activity that has attracted appreciation and interest from the community.

The Hanoi People's Committee has drawn up a plan to hold the Reading Culture Ambassador Contest to promote the love of books among students and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the capital's Liberation Day [October 10, 1954-2024].

Focusing on students from grades 1 to 12 in Hanoi, the contest aims to inspire a passion for reading among young people, thereby promoting reading culture in the community. 

Hanoi's first graders took part in a reading event organized by the Hanoi Library. Photo: Hanoi Library

The competition also aims to boost the reading movement in schools and communities, forming habits and improving reading skills among students to encourage them to study and contribute to constructing the capital with concrete action.

The Hanoi Reading Culture Ambassador Contest 2024 will have four levels, with the first for the school-level competition: All schools in the city will host the contest for students to involve more than 70% of students in writing articles or video clips. Each school will select 200 articles and video clips that win school-level prizes to participate in the commune-level contest.

The commune-level competition will shortlist 100 articles and video clips for the final district-level competition by May 2024. Three reading ambassadors who win prizes at the commune level are selected to participate in the district-level competition.

From the district-level contest, 50 articles and video clips from district-level winners will be submitted to the city contest by July 2024. Two Reading Culture Ambassadors who win at the district level will attend the city-level competition.

The Reading Cultural Ambassador city heats are expected to be completed by 15 August 2024. The final round will be held at the open-air stage in the Hoan Kiem Lake pedestrian area or the Dong Anh District Culture, Information and Sports Center from August 20 to 25.

Based on the jury's evaluation, the organizing committee will award Prize A (first prize), Prize B (second prize), Prize C (third prize), a consolation prize, and thematic prizes to individuals and teams.

Spreading the love of books

Launched in 2019, the Reading Culture Ambassador competition was held nationwide. In particular, the first edition of the contest saw the active participation of visually impaired students from Nguyen Dinh Chieu Secondary School in Hanoi.

In recent years, under the government's project "Fostering a Reading Culture in the Community with an Orientation to 2030", a wide range of activities have been held to promote and develop reading culture not only in Hanoi but nationwide.

The Reading Culture Ambassador Contest has become an annual cultural activity that has gained appreciation and interest from the community and has produced positive results.

It not only celebrates the reading culture and contributes to creating a learning society but also serves as an opportunity for people to improve their understanding of the rich national culture.

The organizing committee donated books to teachers and students of Trung Vuong Secondary School at the 2021 edition of the Reading Culture Ambassadors Contest. Photo: Hanoimoi


In Hanoi, the 2021 edition of the Reading Culture Ambassador contest was the first to be organized in the city by the city's Department of Culture and Sports in coordination with the Hanoi Department of Education and Training.

With the results of the first contest, it is expected that "Hanoi's Reading Culture Ambassador" will become a practical activity that will spread throughout the city to continue the campaign of learning and following Ho Chi Minh's ideology, morality, and style.

To promote reading culture among local youth, Hanoi authorities have planned to open mobile libraries in 50 suburban schools with 120,000 books for 40,000 students. Another 50,000 books will be distributed to 125 libraries in the community, schools, prisons, and private libraries.