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In Vietnam, youths find learning danger escape skills necessary

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 17:48 GMT+7

Culture and children’s houses across Ho Chi Minh City have recently received an increasing number of youngsters who have flocked to them for courses on danger escape skills.

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It was in a class of this kind at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Culture House in District 1 where 16-year-old Nguyen Xuan Anh said that her greatest fear is molesters.

In helping the learners to cope with the situation of being attacked by molesters, instructor Dao Le Hoa An, who has a PhD in psychology and comes from the Vietnam Association of Social Psychology, told them to stare the assailants in the eyes and shout things like, “What do you want from me by touching me 80 times?”

An also told his learners not to keep quiet because this could harm them.

“I feel more confident after joining this class,” Anh said after learning about tips to deter molesters.

Other learners also recounted stories in which they fell victim to robbery or scams on the street.

“I want you to know that bawling needs techniques,” An told his learners, adding that victims should pick a specific individual to ask for help so that he/she can be more convinced and help.

Meanwhile, Thanh Hiep narrated a story that he successfully escaped from a stranger following him on the street by telling the stranger that he was going to see his father who worked at a nearby police station.

Many learners said they have equipped themselves with useful lessons as well as helpful tips to protect themselves and people around them.

“I registered for my son to join the courses because he needs many life skills to be safe,” Bich Thuy, the mother of 14 year-old Dang Khoa, said.

‘The golden key’

The number of students in the classes at the Women’s Culture House in District 3 was around 10 -15 before but it has doubled or even tripled recently.

The center has run more classes to meet the demands of a rising number of students.

At the Youth Culture House, where such courses were previously offered in the form of workshops, the number of students has also increased 20 to 30 percent.

Nguyen Hong Lam, head of the training department of the Youth Culture House, said they are planning on a systematic course on danger escape skills instead of dividing the topic into separate workshops like before.

“We focus on equipping learners with skills to deal with thieves sneaking into their houses when they are on fire or the learners are about to drown, first-aid skills and self-defense martial arts as well as content related to social psychology,” Lam said.

Lam added that besides psychologists, his center also invites martial arts masters, armed forces officers, doctors, and others to be instructors in these skill classes.

According to psychologist An, escape skills are “a golden key” that help people maintain the lowest level of dangerous situations in life.

“When you have free time, ask yourself questions on how to deal with dangerous situations and think about suitable solutions in order to prepare yourself in case those circumstances occur in real life,” An said.

“Dangerous situations could happen everywhere, inside your house, on the street, at empty or crowded places,” An added. “If you are not careful, you’ll easily fall into traps.”

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