Thanh Nien honored with ASEAN award

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Nguyen Quang Thong, the editor-in-chief of Thanh Nien Newspaper, receives the ASEAN TAYO Award in Hanoi November 12

Thanh Nien newspaper has won the ASEAN TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Award 2013.

The award honors youth organizations in the ASEAN bloc for having meaningful programs and activities in education, vocational training and employment for underprivileged students.


The award was given to Thanh Nien by the National Youth Committee of Vietnam in a ceremony in Hanoi Tuesday evening.


Thanh Nien was honored for carrying out successful programs to assist schoolchildren across the country with initiatives like the Nguyen Thai Binh Scholarship, programs to provide counselling for high schoolers before university entrance exams, and providing career consultancy and vocational training to needy youth.


Last June, the newspaper launched a program to raise funds to build boarding houses for poor students in remote impoverished areas across the country.


Nguyen Thanh Phuong, general director of Kangaroo Group, was another Vietnam representative to be honored in the ceremony with ASEAN Youth Award, which honors individuals with outstanding achievements and contributions to the ASEAN community.


The award ceremony was held under the framework of the ASEAN Youth Day organized by the National Youth Committee of Vietnam from November 12 to 15 in Hanoi and Quang Ninh Province.


Nguyen Dac Vinh, chief of the committee, said at the ceremony the ASEAN Youth Day is an opportunity for outstanding young people and youth organizations to share information, experiences and initiatives to improve understanding and cooperation between youth and youth organizations in the ASEAN bloc.


Vinh also conveyed his condolences to the youth as well as the people of the Philippines for losses suffered at the hands of typhoon Haiyan.


He wished ASEAN youth organizations would join hands with the people of the Philippines as they struggled to overcome the aftermaths of the disaster.


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