On the 23rd and 24th of July 2022, in Vinh Phuc province, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Viet Nam Program in collaboration with the Hanoi Procuratorate University organized a training on “Enhance debating skills for students”. The training is part of the series program "Strengthening training on combat illegal trade through mock trials" conducted within the framework of the project “Combating Wildlife Trafficking in Viet Nam” funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), United States Department of State.
25 students and lecturers attended the training course, Vinh Phuc, July 2022
25 students selected from student clubs of the Hanoi Procuratorate University participated in the training course that was chaired by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Phan Van Tam, Principal of Hanoi Procuratorate University, Mr. Le Tat Hieu, Head Prosecutor of the People's Procuracy of Vinh Phuc Province, Ms. Hoang Bich Thuy, Country Director of WCS Viet Nam, and facilitated by HPU’s lecturers and visiting legal experts.
The students were updated on the situation of wildlife trafficking in Viet Nam, as well as provided with knowledge on legal provisions of wildlife protection, identification and detection of wildlife-related violations and crimes; guidance on criminal proceedings, points to prove in handling wildlife crime cases. In addition, the students also have the opportunity to cultivate and practice necessary skills for each position participating in judicial proceedings, including: skills in reviewing criminal case files; debating techniques and related skills (including critical thinking skills, public speaking skills, listening and note-taking skills, teamwork skills and other interpersonal communication skills).
Lecturers discussed with students, Vinh Phuc, July 2022
Ms. Hoang Bich Thuy emphasized that: “Training activities only focused on providing students with knowledge is not enough. The ASK model (Attitude-Skill-Knowledge) is the most commonly used standard model of human capacity assessment in the world and should be applied in training in which the role of skill training is as important as knowledge improvement”.
In the following activities, WCS will continue to organize a mock trial in handling wildlife crime cases and a debating contest with the theme “Procuracy students with responsibility to protect wildlife". Through these activities, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the training course to handling legal issues in general and related to wildlife protection in particular.