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International Day for Older Persons

02 October 2015

1st October 2015 is International Day for Older Persons, a significant event in any country and especially for us in Vietnam.

  • Timeless photo exhibition - Không khoảng cách (3)
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It was the day that we decided to hold our first Grandparents’ Day in the Primary Section to honour our elders, those who often take an active role and participation in the education of our students.  A great deal of support is provided by this generation to their own children and to their grandchildren.  It is right to commemorate the day.

On 29th September, I had the privilege to attend the launch of the Photo Voice Exhibition for the International Day sponsored by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, UNFPA, Help Aged International, and a number of schools, of which the British Vietnamese International School is one key partner.  It is our privilege to be support this cause in raising awareness of the growing needs of the older person given that by 2050, those over 60 will outnumber those from 0-14.  In supporting this campaign, we will soon be launching their Essay Competition entitled ‘My Grandparents and I’ to all of our Year 6 to Year 10 students.

As part of the event in which there were a number of key speakers, the Israeli Ambassador, Dr Meirav Shahar, spoke powerfully of the legally mandated practice in Israel of all year 7 students interviewing their parents and grandparents to hear their life stories and to compile them into to school project, submitted and assessed by class teachers in schools.  The students also undertake a genealogical tree of their ancestors within the family as far back as they can go.  The most winsome part of her argument was that this project then often became the foundation to family memories for later in life when the older generations are no longer present to tell their stories for themselves.  It continued memories of them that could then be cherished and remembered generation after generation.  This would be a fascinating project for our students and I commend to you this act of sharing your life stories with your children.

We who are young will not always remain so.  This would indeed be a wonderful way to commemorate and celebrate the diversity within society.

Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi