Ho Thi Hieu Hien from the Tay Son junior high school in Hai Chau district, central Da Nang city has won the first prize at the 39th Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter-Writing Contest, marking the first time Vietnam has won such prize after nearly 20 years of participation.

Earlier, Hien also won the first prize at the national contest with a letter to Zhang Yi Mou, a popular Chinese film director. In her letter, Hien expressed her hope that the Chinese director will produce more movies on HIV/AIDS to raise public awareness of the danger of the disease.

With this victory, she will be invited to receive prize at the UPU headquarter in Switzerland . Concurrently, the national organisation board of letter writing contest will present her 30 million VND and a certificate of merit by the Ministry of Education and Training.

This annual contest aims to develop children’s writing skills and creativity, contributing to tightening friendship among nations and helping young people better understand the role of postal sector in the social development.

The 40 th UPU letter writing contest is scheduled to launch on October 9, 2010 on the UPU’s founding anniversary./.