UK embassy launches climate change contest for school kids

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The British embassy in Hanoi Monday launched a competition for secondary school students focusing on climate change even as Vietnam still grapples with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone ever and which killed thousands in the Philippines.

The "Climate Change and You" competition, which will receive entries until January 2014, is aimed at raising awareness among students about climate change and encouraging them to put forth initiatives to tackle it.

It has two categories -- writing and drawing about various climate change issues and offering innovative ideas to mitigate their impacts.

Winners in each category will receive an award and a certificate and the school with the highest number of entries will also get a prize.

Details of the competition will be published on the websites of the British Council and Ministry of Education and Training, Giao Duc va Thoi Dai (Education and Times) newspaper, and

Chris Brown, director, British Council Vietnam, said: "As an active player in this field, the British Council have been working in Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, China and Vietnam to collaborate with local partners in their fight against the destructive effects of climate change.

"Children are the most vulnerable to climate change so they have the right to raise their voices and contribute their creativity in our battle against it."

The competition is part of a project called "Cascading and embedding climate change education into wider secondary schools across Vietnam" for 2013-14, by the British Council Vietnam, MoET, and Live & Learn Environmental Education Center.

It will be implemented nationwide but with a focus on the provinces of Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An.

It earlier achieved success in 2012 when piloted in 239 schools in Hoa Binh Province. 

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