Vietnamese pupil receives UPU gold medal

November 15, 2010 | 08:46 am GMT+7

Ho Thi Hieu Hien, a Vietnamese pupil from the central city of Da Nang was presented with the gold medal by Edouard Dayan, Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in Bern , Switzerland on November 12.


The twelve-year-old girl passed over 2 million candidates from 60 countries worldwide and won the first prize of the 39th UPU international letter-writing competition this year with the theme "Write a letter to someone to explain why it is important to talk about AIDS and to protect yourself against the disease."

In her letter to Zhang Yi Mou , a popular Chinese film director, Hien expressed her hope that the director would producemore movies on HIV/AIDS to help raise public awareness of the danger of the disease to effectively prevent it from spreading.

Addressing the presentation ceremony, Hien said she was honoured to receive the award and that this is the second time she has taken part in the contest. Hien said that she will continue to participate in the next year’s competition on forest protection.

Director General Dayan said Hien’s letter showed her intelligence and creativity. He said he hopes more pupils will take part in the UPU Letter-Writing Competition to share their views for the social progress freely and openly./.