WildAct Vietnam, Humane Society International and the Hanoi Education and Training Department Name Student Winners of Children's Art Competition on Protecting Rhinoceroses

Top six winners will attend World Youth Rhino Summit in South Africa

on World Rhino Day, September 22, 2014.

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HA NOI, Viet Nam, August 10, 2014 – Six students received the top prize in the first Rhino Art Vietnam children’s art competition designed to raise awareness about rhino conservation and to reduce rhino horn consumption. Rhino Art Vietnam was organized by WildAct Vietnam, Humane Society International, the Hanoi Education and Training Department and was co-sponsored by the Kingsley Holgate Foundation and Helping Rhinos UK.

Students at Tran Phu high school working on their entries

Students at Tran Phu high school working on their entries

Rhinos are threatened with extinction because of poaching to supply the illegal international trade in rhino horn. Only about 28,000 rhinos of five species exist in the wild today. More than a thousand rhinos were poached in 2013 in South Africa. At this rate, scientist has predicted that rhino will be extinct by 2020. Viet Nam is the largest market for rhino horn, as many Vietnamese people believed that it will improve health, treat specific aliments, and even cure cancer although science has proven that rhino horn is not a cure for any human condition. Indeed, rhino horn is composed of keratin, the same material that makes up human fingernails and hair.

Rhino Art originated in South Africa to provide a platform for the children of Africa to share how they felt about rhino poaching. Rhino Art Vietnam was launched in May 2014. Over 4,500 students have been reached by Rhino Art Vietnam. The project team visited each school to give a short talk on rhinos and the poaching crisis. They then left a Rhino Art Template for each of student to complete. The team then returned to the school to collect the entries. 2,000 entries were received from students in twenty secondary and high schools in Vietnam. The entries were judged by WildAct Vietnam, Humane Society International, Helping Rhinos and the Hanoi Education and Training Department.

Rhino Art Vietnam 2014 Prize Giving Ceremony moments

The six winners will receive a chaperoned trip to South Africa to attend the first ever World Youth Rhino Summit to be held on World Rhino Day, September 22nd 2014.

The six winners were:

Nguyễn Quỳnh Trâm, 8I, Marie Curie secondary school, Hanoi.

Nguyễn Hà Nhung, CT5 – 2, Cọ Xinh art school, Hanoi.

Nguyễn Tuấn Nam, 7I, Trưng Vương, secondary school, Hanoi.

Phạm Thành Hưng, Hà Nội Amsterdam high school, Hanoi.

Bùi Thị Kiều Trinh, 12C15, Nguyễn Chí Thanh high school, Hochiminh city.

Phạm Quốc Nam, 10CL, Nguyễn Du high school, Daklak.

 “We are very proud to be chosen as the official representative of the Rhino Art Vietnam 2014, said Ms. Trang Nguyen, Founder of WildAct Vietnam. “Throughout the contests and so many workshops, we hope that the Vietnamese students have been equipped with more useful knowledge and be ready to raise their voices and act against rhinos poaching to save the rhinos from extinction.”

“We are very impressed by the dedication of so many young Vietnamese students to helping to protect rhinos from poaching by reducing demand for rhino horn in Viet Nam,” said Dr. Teresa Telecky, Director of the Wildlife Department, Humane Society International. “The messages expressed in their artworks are sure to bring tremendous hope to people around the world who are concerned about the future of rhinos.”

“On behalf of the Education and Training Department of Hanoi, I would like to praise the students and schools that have enthusiastically participated in the Rhino Art contest.” Said Mr. Le Ngoc Quang, Deputy Director of the Education and Training Department of Hanoi. “And I do believe that this contest is not simply about paintings, it is also about helping to facilitate the rhino protection activities in South Africa and in the world, and further, to address the environmental problems. Especially, this is what the Vietnamese government is implementing actively at the moment.”

Callery: 6 chosen paintings. 

The winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Hanoi Education and Training Department on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Winning entries can be viewed at: www.wildact-vn.org

Media contacts:

WildAct Vietnam: Nguyen Thuc Linh, +84 966 818 264, linh.nguyen@wildact-vn.org

Humane Society International: Raúl Arce-Contreras, +1- 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org

Hanoi Education and Training Department: Kieu Cam Nhung, +84 983 022 688, kieunhung@hanoiedu.vn

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WildAct Vietnam We are new local conservation NGO based in Vietnam, established in 2013. Our works dedicated to raise Vietnamese people awareness on conservation issue by providing information and education program for Vietnamese children. Our website: www.wildact-vn.org

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—on the Web at hsi.org.

 Hanoi Education and Training Department is a specialized agency of Hanoi City People’s Committee. Its function is to advise and support the City People’s Committee to perform the supervisory function of education and training; to do the public services under the management of the Department of Education and Training; to perform a number of tasks under the authorization of the City People’s Committee. Our website: www.hanoi.edu.vn

Information on the first World Youth Rhino Summit can be found here

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