Training sessions on equality, decision-making and preparations for “I Choose”

From September 11th to September 14th, 2015, Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) together with Center for Community Empowerment (CECEM) held a training course called, “I Choose”, for ethnic minorities from all over Vietnam. Together we also prepared for the “I Believe I Can” event held on September 16th, 2015.

French philosopher Jean-Paul Sarte once said that, “We are our choices”. Making choices is something we do everyday and it is very important, but is it easy? When witnessing inequality and injustice, why do some people raise their voice while others choose to keep silent? These difficult choices are based on peoples’ different criteria that inform whether they choose to speak up or choose to keep quite.

The “I Choose” course was organized with the aim of providing participants from various social groups and organizations some basic knowledge and tools for making important life choices.

From September 11th, 2015 to September 14th, 2015, ethnic minority peoples from all over Vietnam participated in the “I Choose” course and prepared for “I Believe I Can.”

The course discussed:

– Prejudice, stigma and equality

– Power and Influence

– Tolerance and Diversity

– Self-decisiveness

Quang Thi Kien, of the Thai ethnicity, shared: “After the course, I now know how to see both the good and bad in people in my village. I try not to see them from just one side but see them as a whole. For example, my village has a person named B, last time he had a stomachache and he used opium to cure it then he got addicted. Villagers advised him a lot but he did not listen. I think he is not a bad person, so I will try to convince him. I do not know the consequences, but I will do it.

After the course, ethnic minority peoples prepared for the event, “I Believe I Can”.

Ms. Bich Tam, M.A., showed the room how to take control of a situation and make their own decisions
Each group presented their plans for I Believe I Can

The time for the course “I Choose”: From September 11th to September 13th, 2015
Preparing for “I Believe I can”: September 14th, 2015
Location: Hanoi