Over 5,000 primary pupils attended 265 training courses on the role of clean water and measures to protect and use water efficiently. (Photo: VNA)

Bac Ninh (VNA) – Over 5,000 primary pupils across the country were enabled to attend 265 training courses on the role of clean water and measures to protect and use water efficiently as part of a programme named “Mizuiku – I love clean water”.

 

The figures were released at a ceremony to review the implementation of the programme in 2017 at Nam Son 2 Primary School in Nam Son commune of Bac Ninh city in the province of the same name on December 21.

Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation Central Council Nguyen Long Hai said environmental pollution is a top concern because it poses direct impacts on people’s lives.

The programme aims to raise public awareness of protecting water resources from being polluted and wastefully used, he said.

In 2017, the programme was carried out in 30 primary schools in Bac Ninh, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre.

Under the programme, 10 training courses were conducted for over 260 teachers and volunteers, 13 clean water supply stations were built across the nation, and toilets at schools were upgraded.

The programme also funded ten clean water festivals with the participation of 3,900 pupils and teachers in the year.

According to the organisers, in 2018, the programme will continue bringing clean water to more children in remote areas in the central province of Quang Nam and the northern mountainous province of Lang Son. It will also expand targeted schools in the four benefited localities in 2017.

A website will be launched, providing online classes for adults and children on measures to save water and protect the environment in 2018.

The “Mizuiku - I love clean water" programme was initiated by Suntory Group in Japan in 2004.

The programme was jointly piloted by the Suntory Group, the Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage Company, and northern localities in 2015.

On this occasion, 15 units and individuals were honoured for their best painting works under the theme “Mizuiku – I love clean water”.-VNA