National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan praised the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights (VAPCR) for its effective operation over the past five years during its second congress in Hanoi on November 17.

She urged the association to continue expanding its network across the country in order to mobilise more domestic and international support for children during the next tenure (2013-2018).

The legislator called on the association to get involved in building child-related policies with State agencies and study and supervise the implementation of these laws.

“The Party and State have always given special attention to children – the country’s future generations,” she declared.

Ngan added that the Government has implemented various programmes and activities for children, such as the National Programme on Child Protection for the 2011-2015 period and the 2012-2020 National Programme of Action for Children.

The VAPCR has developed its branches in 25 cities and provinces nationwide and lured many international projects worth tens of billions of Vietnam dong, benefiting over 50,000 disadvantaged children and poor families.

In the past, the association has voiced its opinion on child-related policies and programmes and fought child abuse and violence, contributing to the country’s child care, education and protection.

The congress elected a new 41-member executive board with Tran Thi Thanh Thanh continuing to hold the post of the association’s president for the 2013-2018 tenure.

During the congress, the association received a certificate of merit from the Prime Minister./.