The launching ceremony (Photo: bnews.vn)
 

Hanoi (VNA) – A school milk programme was launched nationwide on September 28, aiming at providing school-children with free milk to improve their health and physique.

Themed “School Milk – For Vietnam’s Stature”, a live television programme connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the central province of Nghe An was held by Vietnam Television in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Health and Vietnamese milk giant TH Group. 

Speaking at the event, Politburo member and President of the Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan called for immediate actions to lift Vietnam out of the list of countries with the shortest average heights. 

He hailed the Vietnam Television and the Ministry of Education and Training for setting up the charity fund “School Milk – For Vietnam’s Stature” which facilitates pre-school and elementary children’s access to milk, and urged Vietnamese at home and abroad to make financial contributions to the fund. 

The “School Milk – For Vietnam’s Stature” programme, approved by the Prime Minister, targets feeding all pre-school children and elementary pupils in poor districts on milk by 2020, meeting 90-95 percent of their energy demand, and increasing the heights of school boys and girls by 1.5 and 2cm, respectively. 

It also highlights regulations on the origin of milk material, the process of production, distribution and use. 

The domestic dairy firm TH True Milk has committed 200 billion VND (9 million USD) to the programme from 2016-2021. 

As many as 60 countries worldwide have responded to World School Milk Day launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Of them, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the US, the UK and Thailand use pure fresh milk.-VNA