Recently, a group of BIS students from Tu Xuong Primary, An Phu Primary and An Phu Secondary met up with Ms. Hong Nhung, the famous Vietnamese singer, to discuss the issue of the illegal trading of rhino horn in Vietnam.
Ms. Hong Nhung is playing an important role as a ‘rhino ambassador’ in the Vietnamese national public awareness campaign aimed at stopping this trade in order to protect this critically endangered species from becoming extinct.She was so impressed as BIS students explained their initiatives, including collecting hundreds of signatures pledging not to be involved in this activity, placing collection boxes around District 2 and producing posters and stickers reminding people about the plight of the rhinos.
The students in turn were fascinated to hear first-hand about Ms. Hong Nhung’s trip to South Africa where she witnessed the heartbreaking scene of a dead rhino whose blood was still dripping from the hole where poachers had hacked off its horn. The Q&A session that followed sparked some interesting discussion, with BIS students asking intelligent questions as well as voicing their opinions in an extremely mature and caring way.
Also present was a BIS parent, Dr. Mary Chambers, who is the Director of Training and Public Engagement with Science at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit. She has also been involved in a number of initiatives to raise awareness, and kindly donated t-shirts to all participants with the ‘Rhino Rangers’ logo.While this is a complicated and urgent issue, BIS students believe in the old adage ‘do not despise small beginnings’ knowing that their contribution will have a positive influence in ensuring that the world’s wildlife is protected for generations to come.
Mr. Robert Brownrigg, Head of Academic English and EAL