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Groundbreaking exhibition entitled "As We Grow Up" on gender, love, sex and safe sex launched for Vietnamese young people

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exhibition launchHa Noi, 1 November 2013 - Vietnamese adolescents and young people aged 10-29 make up nearly 40 per cent of the Viet Nam’s total population. Yet, studies show that one third of Vietnamese young people continue to face barriers when trying to access reproductive health information and services. According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in 2010, there is a very high need for contraception among unmarried young people.


To promote Vietnamese youth and adolescents' awareness and knowledge on gender, love, sex and safe sex, an exhibition entitled "As We Grow Up" was launched today at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology in Ha Noi. The exhibition is a joint effort between the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU), the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology (VME) and the UN Viet Nam (with UNESCO as the leading agency in collaboration with other UN agencies). The exhibition will run for six months, from November 2013 to April 2014. 

The exhibition focuses on three main topics: puberty, friendship/love, and safe sex. Each exhibit is brought to life by real stories and experiences shared by Vietnamese youth and adolescents, their parents and teachers. In addition to the information, photos, stories and art works displayed at the exhibition, it also features peer-to-peer interactive activities and hands-on information to address sensitive issues, as well as monthly panel discussions on related-sexual and reproductive health issues.

One of the innovations of the exhibition is active involvement of young people throughout the preparation process, from planning, designing, creating contents, collecting information to developing peer-to-peer interactive activities. This group, including 15 students, was established and participated in the preparation process of the exhibition in 2012. In addition, there are other 60 young volunteers to participate in facilitating interactive activities, organizing educational games, providing consultation and answering questions from visitors during the exhibition.

"All Vietnamese children and young people should have access to comprehensive and age-appropriate sexuality education from an early age," emphasized Ms. Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative in Viet Nam. "Teachers and parents should be open to communicate with children and young people about sexual matters to ensure that young people receive accurate sexuality-related information" added Ms. Muller-Marin.

Addressing the launching ceremony of the exhibition, the leader of the Ministry of Education and Training said: "This exhibition will open the dialogue and deliver critical information on healthy sexuality in a non-judgmental and youth-friendly style so that young people can be equipped to handle life’s most serious decision and towards a healthy lifestyle".

Let's work together - investing in young people's health and development and empowering them to realize their full potential will hugely contribute to Viet Nam's continued socio-economic growth and sustainable development.

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For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thai Hoa
Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology
Tel: 0984081181
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Ms. Vu Nguyet Minh
UNESCO
Tel: 0904882218
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Thanh
UN Communications
Tel: 0913093363
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Groundbreaking exhibition entitled "As We Grow Up" on gender, love, sex and safe sex launched for Vietnamese young people

HA NOI, 1 November 2013 - Vietnamese adolescents and young people aged 10-29 make up nearly 40 per cent of the Viet Nam’s total population. Yet, studies show that one third of Vietnamese young people continue to face barriers when trying to access reproductive health information and services. According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in 2010, there is a very high need for contraception among unmarried young people.

To promote Vietnamese youth and adolescents' awareness and knowledge on gender, love, sex and safe sex, an exhibition entitled "As We Grow Up" was launched today at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology in Ha Noi. The exhibition is a joint effort between the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU), the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology (VME) and the UN Viet Nam (with UNESCO as the leading agency in collaboration with other UN agencies). The exhibition will run for six months, from November 2013 to April 2014.  

The exhibition focuses on three main topics: puberty, friendship/love, and safe sex. Each exhibit is brought to life by real stories and experiences shared by Vietnamese youth and adolescents, their parents and teachers. In addition to the information, photos, stories and art works displayed at the exhibition, it also features peer-to-peer interactive activities and hands-on information to address sensitive issues, as well as monthly panel discussions on related-sexual and reproductive health issues.

One of the innovations of the exhibition is active involvement of young people throughout the preparation process, from planning, designing, creating contents, collecting information to developing peer-to-peer interactive activities. This group, including 15 students, was established and participated in the preparation process of the exhibition in 2012. In addition, there are other 60 young volunteers to participate in facilitating interactive activities, organizing educational games, providing consultation and answering questions from visitors during the exhibition.

"All Vietnamese children and young people should have access to comprehensive and age-appropriate sexuality education from an early age," emphasized Ms. Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative in Viet Nam. "Teachers and parents should be open to communicate with children and young people about sexual matters to ensure that young people receive accurate sexuality-related information" added Ms. Muller-Marin.

Addressing the launching ceremony of the exhibition, the leader of the Ministry of Education and Training said: "This exhibition will open the dialogue and deliver critical information on healthy sexuality in a non-judgmental and youth-friendly style so that young people can be equipped to handle life’s most serious decision and towards a healthy lifestyle".

 

Let's work together - investing in young people's health and development and empowering them to realize their full potential will hugely contribute to Viet Nam's continued socio-economic growth and sustainable development.

-end-

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thai Hoa

Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology

Tel: 0984081181

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms. Vu Nguyet Minh

UNESCO

Tel: 0904882218

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Thanh

UN Communications

Tel: 0913093363

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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