Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan met with 55 disadvantaged students from all over the country with excellent academic records on May 28 on the occasion of International Children’s Day (June 1).

The Government has implemented a number of policies that provide support and protection for children and encourage them to speak out, Doan said.

She urged the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) to continue expanding their efforts at the local level so that more children can make their voices heard in the future.

Praising the students for achieving outstanding academic results despite their challenging circumstances, the Vice President hoped they would keep up their good work and continue reaching for opportunities for a better life.

The students from 11 cities and provinces represent a small part of Vietnam’s millions of children under the age of 16 who live in difficult circumstances in far-flung areas and islands who have excellent academic performance or are gifted in arts.

According to statistics published in late 2014, Vietnam is home to 26.7 million children under 16, including nearly 1.5 million disadvantaged children and more than 2.5 million children at risk of abuse, human trafficking and kidnapping.

The NFVC has raised 5 trillion VND (229.2 million USD) in total over the past 22 years to provide support for more than 30 million underprivileged children. Last year, the fund donated 97 billion VND (4.44 million USD) to 86,000 children.-VNA