By NGUYEN KHIEM (The voice of Vietnam Youth)
Twenty active youths from eight of thirteen provinces of the Mekong Delta had provoking discussions about Don Sahong Dam’s Impacts on the prosperity of the Mekong River, specifically the Mekong Delta. During this two day workshop, funded by Oxfam, student leaders collaborated and learned about the various, negative effects of dams on the livelihoods of the delta. Moreover, they learned about FPIC: Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
The participants represented diverse majors from different universities and colleges. Throughout the first day of the workshop, they perceived their own role in sustaining the region. Our goal was to motivate and stimulate their potential contribution for the future. At the end of the day, students illustrated their dreams for a better delta on their T-Shirts.
They were filled with a strong ambition to build solidarity among the youth in Can Tho city as well as connect with other youths in the delta. They aspire to create a large network of youth leaders in the Mekong countries with a focus on environmental issues. Furthermore, they expect more opportunities to build their capacity, as well as knowledge about our rivers, which is their life. Then, they can propagate the knowledge to younger generations.
The Mekong Delta Youth Group, a class of young leaders from the area, is going to organize an activity in late 2015 (the activity will be at two high-schools and approximately 80 students will have a chance to participate). In addition, this activity allows them to apply what they have learned from the workshop and to motivate the younger generations to participate in environmental protection.