ASEAN Community contest launched in Da Nang hinh anh 1Students in Da Nang city participated in the contest on November 12. (

Da Nang (VNA) - More than 200 students from 20 high schools in the central city of Da Nang participated in the contest on ASEAN and the ASEAN Community held in the locality on November 12.

The competition was held by the Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information and Communication and municipal Department of Education and Training.

It aims to raise teachers’ and students’ awareness about ASEAN, contributing to building an ASEAN community based on solidarity and sharing.

The participating teams – five students and one teacher for each – competed in seven categories: ASEAN Association, ASEAN Politics-Security Community, ASEAN Socio- Cultural Community, ASEAN’s external relations, Vietnam’s participation and ASEAN member states.
Two other competitions on the ASEAN Community were held for students in Hanoi in 2010.

Since Vietnam was the ASEAN chair in 2010, the country has fostered the awareness about ASEAN, the ASEAN Community and Vietnam’s policies on cooperation with ASEAN nations. Two years ago, the Prime Minister approved the Government’s programme of action on the popularisation of ASEAN.

The ASEAN Community’s establishment at the end of this year will mark a significant milestone for the block’s foundation and development in the past 48 years. As both opportunities and challenges will be brought to the 10 ASEAN member countries, it is essential their citizens have deep understandings about the ASEAN common house.-VNA