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Vietnamese pupil won the Third prize of the 50th UPU International Letter Writing Contest

At the Plenary session closing the 27th Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 27th August 2021, Viet Nam once again named in this event with a surge of joy and emotion.

The letter that won the national First prize written by Dao Anh Thu from class 8A2, Nguyen Huy Tuong Junior High School, Dong Anh district, Ha Noi has excellently won the international Third prize. This is one of the three highest prizes of the 50th UPU International Letter Writing Contest (2021) officially announced by the International Bureau at this important event.

Scene of the announcement ceremony the 50th UPU International Letter Writing Contest

The 50th UPU International Letter Writing Contest (2021) is themed "Writing to a family member about your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic".

The international First prize winner is Nubaysha Islam (female, 14 years old) from Bangladesh, with a heartfelt letter sent to her younger sister talking about the family’s struggles during the Covid-19 pandemic so far. Nubaysha wrote about her experiences during the pandemic, such as dealing with being locked up at home, with her mother's depression and the sudden death of her aunt by Covid-19. She motivated and encouraged her sister to never lose faith and hope even in difficult times of her life.

The international Second prize winner is Bruno Ivanovski (male, 14 years old) from North Macedonia, with a letter written to his grandmother talking about his mood and tormenting nostalgia during the quarantine period due to the Covid-19 pandemic for nearly a year and not being able to see her.

Pupil Dao Anh Thu – the author of the letter won the national First prize
and international Third prize of the 50th UPU International Letter Writing Contest

The owner of the letter that won the international Third prize, Dao Anh Thu (female, 14 years old) chose the idea of ​​​​sending a letter to a baby girl who was born by the mother being treated for Covid at the hospital to express the doctors and nurses’ difficulties and hard work and to pride of their contribution in the fight against the Covid pandemic.

In addition, UPU also awarded 05 Special mentions to pupils from Belarus, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey and Libya.

Since 1971, the UPU has encouraged young writers aged 9-15 to write letters on a annually given theme concerning practical issues or the United Nations’ action plans to win exciting prizes. The competition is an excellent way of making young people aware of the important role postal services play in our societies. It develops their skills in composition and their ability to express thoughts clearly. It also fosters enjoyment of hand-letter writing to express their points of view and wishes on issues of international and social concern, contributing to the successful implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 action program on sustainable development. More than 60 countries around the world participate in this annual competition. The International Jury selects the best letter to award the First, Second and Third prizes of the contest.

This is the 33rd competition held in Viet Nam, jointly organized by: Ministry of Information & Communications, Vietnam Post C, Ministry of Education & Training, Central Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Thieu nien Tien phong News and Nhi Dong News. In more than 30 years of participating in the contest, Viet Nam won 02 First prizes, 02 Second prizes, 06 Third prizes and 05 Special mentions. This is the 15th time Viet Nam won the high prize of this contest. It is proud of today's Vietnamese young generation who has contributed significantly to affirming and enhancing Vietnam's position in the international arena.