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Theatrical adaptation contest held to encourage Vietnamese children to read

Tuesday, April 09, 2019, 18:01 GMT+7
Theatrical adaptation contest held to encourage Vietnamese children to read
A contestant plays the role of a Vietnamese imperial concubine during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

A competition that encouraged participants to adapt books for theatrical performances has been held as part of efforts to promote good reading habits in young children in Vietnam.

The inaugural “Doc sach vi tuong lai” (Read for the Future) contest was initiated by the Central Council of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organization in cooperation with the Vietnam Education Publishing House.

Children between six and 15 years of age from across the nation were eligible to enter the contest by submitting their entries to the organizers.

After a six-month preliminary round, six out of 15,000 contestants were selected to enter the finale in Hanoi on Saturday.

Each finalist had to choose one of their favorite books with a suitable topic for children and delivered a performance onstage in front of an audience.

A contestant performs during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

A contestant performs during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Dang Tu Thanh from Hop Duc Elementary School in the northern city of Hai Phong and Nguyen Anh Linh, a middle schooler from the northern province of Bac Giang, were crowned co-champions, whereas the other four finalists were runners-up.

One of the second-prize winners, Hoang Tra My, from the north-central province of Nghe An, along with her teammates delivered a touching play of love and care based on the book Grandma’s Airplane by Japanese author Satoru Sato.

Through the performance, the little girl said she wanted to convey the message that “love connects people and shortens distances."

Contestants perform an adaptation of ‘Grandma’s Airplane’ by Satoru Sato during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Contestants perform an adaptation of Grandma’s Airplane by Satoru Sato during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Another contestant from the northern province of Bac Giang chose to adapt a science book to encourage peers to discover science through such thought-provoking questions as “Who stole the sun?” or “Why do I doze off in class?”

“Books are good teachers and reliable friends in which we can find a great source of knowledge,” said Linh, one of the contest’s two champions.

“Each page leads you one step closer to the spiritual treasure of life.”

Thanh, the other champion, hoped that students of her age would start reading books on Vietnamese history to enrich their knowledge and feel proud of their country.

“The more I read, the more I understand that my knowledge is just a drop in the ocean,” she said.

A contestant plays the role of a Vietnamese general during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

A contestant plays the role of a Vietnamese general during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Contestants raise interesting questions about science during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Contestants raise interesting questions about science during the finale of the ‘Reading for the Future’ competition in Hanoi on April 7, 2019. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

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