Young people's creative ideas should be taken into consideration and put into action to help the "Vietnamese Youth Take Action to Save Costs" campaign achieve success, according to speakers at the campaign's launch workshop held in Ha Noi yesterday.
Hanoian people respond to the Earth Hour 2011 on March 26. Youth across the country were encouraged to save energy. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Diep
HA NOI —
The workshop saw the attendance of representatives from the Communist Youth Union, State agencies, young entrepreneur groups and an economic institute, who shared their experiences in saving money, energy and time from daily and office lives.
"A youth-centred campaign should be characterised by the youth's creativity," said Bui Truong Giang, deputy director of the Viet Nam Institute of Economics.
Such creativity was reflected in a number of young people's saving practices, especially in those aimed at helping society such as the "A Cup of Tea for the Community" campaign, implemented by the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology.
The campaign calls for weekly contributions equal to the cost of a cup of iced green tea (VND1,000-2,000 or US$0.05-0.1). While this seems to be an insignificant amount of money for some, according to Le Hieu Hoc, secretary of the university's youth union, it could gradually contribute to a considerable fund.
Hoc said that, with a total of 25,000 students, the university can save up to VND25 million (more than $1,160) per week, and VND1 billion (more than $46,500) per school-year as part of its campaign.
The fund will be used to help the university's disadvantaged students who suffer from financial or social limitations.
In addition to its community work, certain daily saving practices and administrative reforms such as the "paperless office" model applied in the Institute of Economics discourages printing and saves paper.
According to Nguyen Doan Thang, administrative head of the Viet Nam Young Entrepreneur Association, online meeting is another effective method to save money, energy and time.
In addition to sharing ideas, workshop attendees discussed the effectiveness of existing ideas in reducing costs.
Hoc said that the university's youth union had drafted a "saving handbook" for the next generation of students to raise common funds and save daily costs.
According to Phan Van Mai, secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, smaller group reports on campaign results should be submitted on a monthly and quarterly basis for review. — VNS