The information was released at an online meeting with Overseas Vietnamese Student and Youth Associations, Chaired by Mr. Bui Quang Huy, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the Chairman of the Vietnamese Student Union.

The online meeting connected five locations in Vietnam, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Can Tho, and 15 locations of overseas Vietnamese student and youth associations. 

The delegates at the online meeting (Photo: tienphong.vn)

Over the past time, Vietnamese student and youth associations abroad have carried out many practical programs and activities to gather and unite overseas Vietnamese, contributing to promoting the image of the country to international friends and toward the homeland.

Ms. Phan Dang Thuy Duong, President of the Vietnamese Student Association in the Netherlands, said that the association has collaborated with the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands to communicate and provide updated information on the COVID-19 situation on media channels. Some activities of the association were postponed or organized online.

“We have worked with the embassy and overseas Vietnamese association in the Netherlands to build instructions on epidemic prevention and control, provide a hotline for Vietnamese students to access the latest and most accurate information of the disease, as well as timely deal with detected cases," Thuy Duong shared.

Nguyen Thi Dieu Linh, Chairwoman of the the Vietnamese Student and Youth Association in the Czech Republic, said Vietnamese students may return to their universities only in September due to the epidemic. Right from the beginning of the epidemic, the association has carried out many practical activities to support Vietnamese students in preventing and controlling the disease as well as towards the homeland.

When Son Loi commune (Binh Xuyen district, Vinh Phuc province) was quarantined because of the COVID-19 epidemic, the association launched a donation drive among overseas Vietnamese students to buy medical equipment to present the local people there.

Right from the beginning of the epidemic, the association has strengthened communications, with the message: "Stay still when the country needs" so very few young people and students return to Vietnam to avoid the epidemic. Besides, they called upon people from epidemic-hit areas to self-quarantine within 14 days, Ms. Dieu Linh said.

Apart from that, the Vietnamese Student and Youth Association in the Czech Republic also collaborated with experts and scientists to make hand-washing liquid and face masks to present to local administration and people in the host country free of charge.

The Vietnamese Student Association in the Republic of Korea (RoK) has carried out the program “Vietnamese students join hands to prevent COVID-19”. Mr. Tran Thien Quang, Chairman of the Vietnamese Student Association in RoK, said that the program has collected 5,000 liters of dry hand washing liquid and 5 tonnes of rice to support the students to prevent the epidemic.

The association is calling to buy more face masks for overseas Vietnamese students to prevent the disease, said Mr. Quang.

At the online meeting, Mr. Nguyen Viet Anh, Chairman of the Vietnamese Student Association in Germany, proposed to postpone the 6th Vietnamese Youth Summit in Europe to 2021 due to complicated development of COVID-19.    

Ms. Nguyen Thi Dieu Linh, Chairwoman of the Vietnamese Student and Youth Association in the Czech Republic, said that the epidemic in the Czech Republic is quite sustainable and she suggested hosting the summit in Czech instead of in Germany.

After listening to ideas from representatives from Vietnamese Student and Youth Associations in countries, Mr. Bui Quang Huy said that due to the pandemic, preparations for the summit in Germany won’t be carried out. Mr. Huy agreed that the Vietnamese Student and Youth Association in the Czech Republic would host the summit if the pandemic is well controlled in July./.

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