Hanoi, Vietnam May 20th – 23rd, 2019
May 20th, 2019. Building upon successful contests over the past four years, the United States Government through the ASEAN-USAID Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT) project, is supporting the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest. The contest, endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth and supported by the Education, Youth, and Sports Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, is being funded and organized by PROSPECT in collaboration with the ASEAN Foundation and the ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP), a cooperation project between the ASEAN Centre for Energy and the Deutsch Gesellschaft fur Internationale.
Recognizing that video and social media provide a powerful combination through which to promote ASEAN awareness, the ASEAN Youth Video Contest engages interested and talented youth from across the region to showcase their social consciousness on the theme “Renewable Energy: Powering ASEAN’s Bright Future.” The Contest also aims to generate a better understanding among youth participants about the ASEAN Community and to raise awareness on renewable energy in ASEAN.
A Technical Evaluation Committee comprising members from USAID, ASEAN Foundation, the ASEAN Secretariat, PROSPECT, and AGEP viewed and evaluated the over 120 one-minute videos submitted by contestants from all ten ASEAN Member States to select the ten finalists from all ASEAN Member States to participate in this week’s training program. The four-day technical training program provides young video producers the opportunity to learn new skills to further develop their short videos for final submissions. In addition to learning video production techniques, participants will also explore basic questions about ASEAN, its ideals and identity and what the ASEAN Community means to them. During the training workshop, AGEP will also introduce the topic on renewable energy to participants. The Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) is hosting the training at its Journalists Training Center (VJTC) in Hanoi.
In her Opening Remarks, Dr. Dinh Thi Thuy Hang, the Director of VJTC, thanked the organizers for involving VJTC as the host for this year’s training program. Dr. Dinh went on to congratulate the ten finalists for their videos on the theme of “Renewable Energy: ASEAN’s bright future,” encouraging them to learn as much as possible and to enjoy their stay in Hanoi. In his opening remarks, USAID’s Senior ASEAN Affairs Specialist, Diman Simanjuntak, thanked VJTC for hosting the training workshop and thanked PROSPECT’s partners for the strong collaboration for this year’s contest. He also expressed his appreciation for the high quality and creativity of the videos. He concluded by encouraging participants to gain new perspectives on ASEAN, to become collaborators with one other and make life-long friends.