More than 1,000 students from the Nha Trang University in central Khanh Hoa province attended a meeting promoting World Oceans Day (June 8) and the 2015 Vietnam Sea and Island Week on June 6.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia highlighted the role of the education sector in educating the younger generation on environmental protection, the importance of sea and island toward the national security and climate change response.

Those knowledge and information need to become part of the country’s educational system, she noted.

On the occasion, senior officials from the Ministry of Education and Training and local authorities planted trees while the participating students cleaned litter along the Nha Trang seaside.

A day earlier, a similar meeting gathering more than 1,000 locals took place in central Quang Tri province, which is home to a 75-kilometre coastline.

As part of the provincial response to the national week, Quang Tri will launch a photo exhibition proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagos, and a rubbish collecting campaign along the beach.-VNA