Vietnamese youth have faith in future: US Professor

Almost all Vietnamese young people are pleased with their lives and they have an optimistic look to the future, commented Professor Robert Blum from Johns Hopkins University, the US.

Prof. Blum's view, based on the outcome of the Survey Assessment of Vietnamese Youth (SAVY), was shared by representatives from the United Nations Population Fund, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the World Bank at a talks o­n youth-related issues held by the UN agencies in Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee in Hanoi o­n January 13.

The rates of Vietnamese youngsters using drugs or having premarital sex are lower than among their peers in other Asian countries, Prof. Blum said, adding that almost all young people wanted to study at universities, which is seen as a crucial factor to help the country develop economically.

According to the SAVY, released last August, 87.5% of interviewed youngsters said their lives would be better than their parents' and 82.6% of them had good faith in their future family lives.

SAVY was the largest and most comprehensive survey conducted in Vietnam by the Vietnamese Public Health Ministry, the General Statistics Office, the World Health Organisation, and the United Nations Children’s Fund since 2003. 

More than 7,500 young people aged between 14-25 from 42 provinces and cities were questioned for the survey, which aimed to inquire into and assess development-related issues facing young people, including education, employment, health and reproductive health status, drug use, as well their thoughts and attitudes towards the future.

“SAVY outcome will serve as an important reference for the Public Health Ministry to devise a plan o­n developing adolescent and young people health,” an official from the Public Health Ministry said, adding that the plan expects to be completed in late March.

Nhan Dan