17.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

After Valentine’s day, Vietnamese youth get together to talk about love

© HCTU / Young people gathered after Valentine's Day to talk about love.

Ha Noi, 15 February 2014 – On another interactive session on Love and Prejudice, about 150 young participants could discuss openly with experts about love and relationships. On the Saturday following Valentine’s day, talking about love, gender, relationships and safe sex provided participants with knowledge and clarification about this key matters for their development.

Many brave questions were raised by young people and discussed openly with the two experts, Dr. Nguyen Thi Mui and youth psychologist Hoang Thuy Hai. Lieu Anh Vu, a young volunteer working on LGBT issues also attended the session.  The interesting discussion triggered a lot of laughs and thoughts with many questions, ranging from one-side love, homosexual love and other issues such as love, sex and marriage. The interactive session has been a concrete example on how young people express the need to be more equipped in terms of life skills, know how to accept the situation, to make decision and find solutions for their own problem.

Besides the discussion, young people also participated in an open-ended play by a group of student volunteer and give different endings for the story. Young people have been showing their keen interest in this activity with high attendance and participation and even stayed after the session to keep asking the experts with their private question.  

The third session of “Windows of Love Offline” was made possible by collaboration between the Vietnam Volunteerism Information and Resource Center (VVIRC) of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, with UNESCO and the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology.

The exhibition “As We Grow Up” was organized by young people active participants and as 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 United Nations in Viet Nam with UNESCO as the lead agency.

A photo story for this interactive session can be found following this link.

The next session will be held in March to celebrate International Women’s Day. The exhibition will continue to be presented until April 2014.


For more information, please contact:

Vu Nguyet Minh (Ms)

National HIV and Education Programme Officer

UNESCO Ha Noi Office

23, Cao Ba Quat Street

Tel.: +84 (4) 37 47 02 75


Email: vn.minh@unesco.org


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