Mr. Mpetjane Kgaogelo Lekgoro, South African Ambassador to Vietnam. (Photo: Khac Kien)

To enter the competition contestants had to write an essay in the form of a letter to a rhino horn user to convince them to stop using rhino horn products and make recommendations on how to save the endangered species. In addition, participants had to submit a short video in which they introduce themselves and explain why they should be selected to be the “Game Changer for Rhinos”. In line with South Africa’s Strategic Management of Rhinoceros Plan, the Embassy uses education as a tool in its campaign to attempt to curb consumer demand for rhino horn in Vietnam.

The purpose of the competition was to stimulate awareness about rhinos and the first prize is a 10-day trip to South Africa in June 2020 to participate in a wilderness trail and rhino experience so that he/she will be equipped to educate others about rhino conservation on their return to Vietnam.

Ms Nguyen Huu Quynh Huong and the South African Ambassador to Vietnam. (Photo: Khac Kien)

The embassy was pleased to receive numerous entries from all over Vietnam. Education for Environment (ENV) independently evaluated the entries and Ms Nguyen Huu Quynh Huong was selected as the Game Changer for Rhinos in Vietnam. The embassy was looking for an individual who is dynamic and who would be able to engage the public in raising awareness of endangered species. In Ms Huong’s video she clearly demonstrated how she would implement projects and use her knowledge and skills obtained in South Africa to initiate activities to educate the public on the impact of wildlife trafficking. Ms Huong is also in the process of completing her book on environmental topics which will be published in early 2020.

The winner will travel to South African in June where she will be hosted by the Wilderness Foundation Africa. Her programme in South Africa is aimed at empowering her with the required skills and knowledge to return to Vietnam and play her role as a Game Changer for Rhinos./.

Khac Kien