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Oct 20, 2014 / 08:00

Students excited about wildlife protection

The travelling exhibition on wildlife consumption opened at TanBinh and Hoang Hoa Tham secondary schools in Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh City.

With the message “Say no to illegal wildlife products” the exhibition comprises a 60m2 tent showcasing photographs, objects, films and games.

Students who visit the exhibition can watch films on wildlife consumption, touch and interact with the exhibits, and participate in exciting games.

The exhibition is run by Wildlife at Risk (WAR), an organisation that works to protect wildlife from extinction, including the Javan rhino which was declared extinct in Vietnam in October 2011.

Throughout the 2014-2015 school year, WAR plans to take around 500 students to visit Cu Chi wildlife rescue station in Ho Chi Minh City. As part of WAR’s campaign, nearly 300 biology teachers will hold lessons on the importance of wildlife protection for seventh-grade students in Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc island district in the central province of Kien Giang.

The exhibition will be held at approximately 20 secondary schools throughout the city, spreading its message to nearly 20,000 students.

WAR is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of Vietnam by combating the illegal wildlife trade and promoting the conservation of endangered species and their habitats.

US$ 1,3 million spent for educational charity activities in last school year

Over VND28.6 billion (US$ 1,348,204) has been spent for charity activities in educational facilities.

This was released at a meeting held by the Department of Education and Training, the city's Red Cross and the Young Communist Union in Ho Chi Minh City  to review charity mission in academic year 2013-2014.

Various activities were organized in colleges, continuing education centers and vocational schools to take care of poor teachers and students such as giving over 4,400 scholarships, studying items, bicycles, textbooks, and white shirts and charity houses to teachers. Total spending is over VND5 billion (US$ 235,700).

Young doctors have provided free-of-charge examinatiion to students in the city. Students have participated in blood donation campaigns and they donated over 9,000 units of blood to save people.