Launch of "As We Grow Up" exhibition on gender, love and safe sex launched for Vietnamese young people
Vietnamese adolescents and young people aged 10-29 make up nearly 40 per cent of Viet Nam’s total population. Yet studies show that one third of Vietnamese young people continue to face barriers when trying to access information and services on reproductive health. According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted in 2010, there is a very high need for contraceptives among unmarried young people.
To promote Vietnamese youth and adolescents' awareness and knowledge on gender, love and safe sex, an exhibition entitled "As We Grow Up" was launched today at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology in Ha Noi. The exhibition is 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 the One UN in Viet Nam (with UNESCO as the lead agency in collaboration with UNFPA, UNAIDS, UN Women, UNODC and UNICEF).
The exhibition focuses on three main topics: puberty, friendship/love and safe sex. Each exhibit is brought to life by real stories and experiences shared by Vietnamese youth and adolescents, their parents and teachers. In addition to the information, photos, stories and art works displayed at the exhibition, it also features peer-to-peer interactive activities and hands-on information to address sensitive issues, as well as monthly panel discussions on sexual and reproductive health issues.
One innovative feature of this exhibition is that young people are actively involved in the entire preparation process: from the initial stage of on-line survey and focus group discussions among 1510 young people aged 14 to 24 to gain the information of what they know, what they want to know and what we need them to know about sexuality, collecting stories from the youth through their peers, to designing, producing the content and interactive activities. A group of 15 students fully participated in the planning process, while 60 more young volunteers lead the interactive activities, such as organizing educational games, providing consultation and answering questions from visitors during the exhibition.
“The exhibition is fully informative with eye-catching and interesting arrangements of photos, written messages and drawings,” said Nguyen Thi Kim Anh, a third-year student from the Ha Noi Academy of Journalism and Communication. “I came to know quite a lot about the issues related to our age through the exhibits and leaflets distributed there. Visiting the exhibition, I felt excited to discover that what I have learned so far remains too little because the stories and information shared here are based on real-life experience,” added Anh.
Addressing those at the launching ceremony of the exhibition, Vice Minister of Education and Training, Mr. Tran Quang Quy said: "This exhibition will open the dialogue and deliver critical information on healthy sexuality in a non-judgmental and youth-friendly style so that young people can be equipped to handle life’s most serious decision and towards a healthy lifestyle".
Speaking at the launching of the exhibition, Ms. Pratibha Mehta, Resident Coordinator of the One UN in Viet Nam, said “This exhibition is powerful in the way that it delivers critical and sensitive information in a youth-friendly way. It’s designed to help equip young people to handle life’s most serious decisions".
The exhibition will run for six months, from November 2013 to April 2014.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thai Hoa
Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology
Ms. Vu Nguyet Minh
Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Thanh
One UN Communications Team
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