Ninth grader Nguyen Thi Thu Trang from Nguyen Trai Junior High School in Nam Sach district, the northern province of Hai Duong, won the first prize (Source: VNA)
Vinh Phuc (VNA) – One hundred winners of the 45th Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter Writing Contest in Vietnam were honoured at a ceremony in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on May 20.

The national contest themed: “Write a letter to your 45-year-old self,” received 956,382 entries from students across the country between October 2015 and February 2016.

Ninth grader Nguyen Thi Thu Trang from Nguyen Trai Junior High School in Nam Sach district, the northern province of Hai Duong, won the first prize.

In the role of late Aylan Kurdi - the dead Syrian child washed up on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey, as seen in the world-shaking photo on the tragedy of wars, conflicts and illegal immigration into Europe last year; Trang wrote a letter from heaven about a world without violence or discrimination.

Her letter has been translated into French and English to be sent to the organising board of the 45th UPU International Letter Writing Contest based in Switzerland for the international round.
Three second prizes were awarded to Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh, grade 9 from Nguyen Dang Dao High Junior School in Bac Ninh City in the northern province of the same name; Nguyen Duc Anh, grade 5 from Lien Minh Junior School in Vinh Yen City, the northern province of Vinh Phuc; and Duong Bao Nhi, grade 7 from Tran Quoc Toan High Junior School in district 9, Ho Chi Minh City.

A number of prizes were also awarded to the youngest candidate, and ethnic minority and disadvantaged candidates. Outstanding students received Vu A Dinh scholarships during the ceremony.-VNA