The Hanoitimes - A ceremony was held in the central city of Da Nang on October 15 to mark the 136 th World Post Day and to launch the 2011 Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter Writing Contest.
The annual contest for children up to 15 years old, hosted by the UPU, aims to develop children’s creative writing skills and help to strengthen friendship amongst nations, whilst giving young people an understanding of the postal sectors role in social development.
The 40 th contest has the theme, “imagine you are a tree in a forest, then write a letter explaining why it is important to protect forests” in response to the 2011 International Year of Forest.
The contest has been held in Vietnam 21 times since 1987, with eight school children winning international prizes, including a first prize awarded to Ho Thi Hieu Hien from the Tay Son Secondary School in Da Nang’s Hai Chau district at the 39 th competition in 2010 and a second prize pocketed by Nguyen Dac Xuan Thao, from the Nguyen Hue Secondary School also in Hai Chau district at the 38 th competition in 2009.
It is jointly organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCMCYU) and the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT), the pioneer newspaper and other ministries and branches.
At the ceremony, Ho Thi Hieu Hien, who won first prize winner at the 39 th contest received a certificate of merit and awards from the UPU, MoET, the Health Ministry and the HCMCYU.