The opening ceremony for Summer Camp 2016.(Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Summer Camp 2016 for the young Vietnamese expats who had good performance in study and community activities was officially launched in Hanoi on July 12.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Dang The Hung noted that the summer camp will offer an opportunity for the youths to explore the country’s interesting places as well as tangible and intangible cultural heritages.

The youngsters also learn about their responsibilities to introduce the country’s culture and history to the world while preserving the nation’s traditional identity among Vietnamese communities in foreign countries, Hung said.

He expressed his hope that experience gained from the summer camp will make the word Vietnam and Vietnamese language become more familiar with the youths, which encourage them to turn hearts to their homeland.

Stellar art performances about solidarity and the youths’ desire were delivered by overseas Vietnamese students at the ceremony.

On the day, the youths paid homage to President Ho Chi Minh and visited the President Ho Chi Minh relic site in Hanoi.

The Summer Camp 2016, taking place from July 10-23, drew the participation of 110 outstanding overseas youths from 24 countries and territories worldwide.

The event, entitled “Young Vietnamese expats with national cultural heritage”, includes activities in Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Nghe An, Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Da Nang. It is annually held by the Foreign Ministry’s Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs.

Participants will pay tribute to national heroes and tour many heritage sites such as the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh province, Hue imperial city in central Thua Thien – Hue province and My Son Sanctuary in central Quang Nam province.

They will also engage in an exchange with students from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam to discuss cultural preservation among overseas Vietnamese and the significance of seeking global recognition for Vietnamese tangible and intangible heritage.

The youngsters are set to participate in charitable activities such as visiting and presenting gifts to Vietnamese heroic mothers in Thua Thien – Hue province, building book shelves for street children, and growing trees at the coastal areas in Da Nang city.-VNA