About 170 young Vietnamese people abroad will return to the homeland to join in the 2014 Vietnam Summer Campthis month, which will help raise their awareness of the country’s sea and island sovereignty.

Dang The Hung, deputy head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a July 3 press conference in Hanoi that the event will be a good chance for overseas Vietnamese youths to learn more about the nation’s sovereignty and patriotic tradition.

With the theme “My country’s sea and islands”, this year’s summer camp will be held in many localities across the country from July 8-27.

Participants will join a string of activities such as tours of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Van Mieu- Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) in Hanoi, and exchanges with young people in Quang Ninh and Quang Ngai provinces.

Highlights of the event will be an opening ceremony on July 11 in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh and art exchange on July 19 in central coastal Da Nang city.

The annual event, organised by the COVA since 2003, creates an opportunity for overseas youngsters to learn about national traditions, culture and history, as well as enhance solidarity and exchanges.-VNA