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British Vietnamese International School Students Address The President and Members of the UN General Assembly

2017-07-25 14:00
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Students at the British Vietnamese International School, Ho Chi Minh City (BVIS HCMC), a Nord Anglia Education school, have undertaken an ambitious project to tackle Global Goals 2 and 3, eradicating world hunger and improving health and well-being respectively. Working with The Charity Helping the Sick and Destitute, students raised money to fund six heart operations for children in need of urgent care.

This project is part of the school's plan to elevate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals. Three students Nguyen Khac Hai Linh, Nguyen Minh Mai Khanh, and Phan Hoang Kieu Han attended a special side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York on 14 July to present their plan to representatives from governments, the UN, UNICEF, as well as the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson and Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake.

To accomplish their goals, 800 students created 1000 pieces of art and sold them in an exhibit held at the school. The Have a Heart Exhibition raised over US$25,000 to fund heart operations for six children. The first child to receive an operation was Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong, a 16 year-old girl who had 12 operations as a result of a congenital heart problem.

"Thank you with all my heart. I have received so much help from people and, thanks to that, I have been given a life," Phuong told students Nguyen Gia Thuy and Tran Dang Mai Khanh when they went to visit her in the hospital after her surgery.

The event is part of the school's Global Challenge. As part of the challenge, students created an action plan that would help address and raise awareness of the SDGs. If the SDGs are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.

"I hope the school keeps operating these activities so that the current parents have opportunities to contribute to the community," said Tran Lieu, a parent at BVIS HCMC, "The special thing that makes this campaign popular is the sympathy amongst people; the sympathy for the ones who have economic difficulties. These activities are meaningful and I hope the school will continue with these good works."

About the British Vietnamese International School, Ho Chi Minh City

BVIS HCMC seeks to provide an outstanding education through dual-language instruction in English and Vietnamese. All students will become independent learners by means of enquiry, reflection and perseverance. At BVIS we act with integrity and treat one another with respect, learning together as responsible global and Vietnamese citizens.

Watch an overview of the event here:

For further information, please contact:
Paul Holyome
Tel: +84-932-005-251

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Source: Nord Anglia Education

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