The 17th World Day of Social Work was celebrated in Hanoi on November 11 with the participation of policymakers, academics and social workers.

In her keynote speech, Minister of Labour, War, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen highlighted the importance of social work, acknowledging its positive contributions to every realm of life and social welfare in particular.

A government-approved plan to develop social work from 2010-2020 has proven successful so far, she said, adding that more need to be done to increase its efficiency, including the adjustment of legal regulations and developing a network of social workers and appropriate training courses.

She admitted that social workers face a number of obstacles, such as poor infrastructure and a lack of coordination between agencies.

The ceremony was jointly organised by the Ministry of Labour, War, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Vietnam Association of Vocational Training and Social Work, and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The celebrations included a camp festival and an exhibition on social work in Vietnam.-VNA