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Netflix, US Embassy Hanoi and NPX Point Avenue launch public speaking and debate competition to raise awareness on sustainability in Vietnam

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  • Brought to Vietnam by Netflix in partnership with the US Embassy in Hanoi, “Speak to Inspire, Vietnam” is the first English public speaking and debate competition organised by NPX Point Avenue, a leading edtech company, in Vietnam.
  • The public speaking competition is open to young Vietnamese speakers between 11 and 24 years of age to raise greater awareness of sustainability and spur meaningful conversations on topics such as environmental protection and climate change.
  • The competition is accepting applications from 10 January to 9 February 2022.

Hanoi, 10 January 2022 – NPX Point Avenue, in partnership with Netflix and the US Embassy in Hanoi, opens applications for the 2022 “Speak to Inspire, Vietnam” from 10 January to 9 February 2022. Open to Vietnamese students between the ages of 11 and 24, “Speak to Inspire, Vietnam” is an English public speaking competition that aims to raise awareness of sustainability among the local community and to spur meaningful conversations on topics such as environmental conservation and climate change.

With population growth, urbanization and global warming threatening sustainability, “Speak to Inspire, Vietnam” will provide a forum for Vietnamese youth to discuss and enhance their understanding of sustainability and global issues.

The competition consists of three stages, across three competing categories, including Speech, Storytelling and Debate. To apply, students from Junior, Senior, and University levels will need to submit a 5-minute video in which they can choose to present, tell a story, or debate on the sustainability topic via the website www.speak2inspire-asia.com during the application window of 10 January to 9 February 2022. The submitted videos will be judged based on content, strategy, and style by a panel of national and international experts to determine the Top 100 speakers to advance to Round 2. Finalists will be invited to partake in our hands-on Intensive Training Camp, led by international subject matter experts, and a Final Showcase.

The competition officially kicks off on January 10 with a total award of up to VND2 billion

Sharing about “Speak to Inspire, Vietnam”, Victoria Furniss, Vice President of Global Public Policy at Netflix, said, “We are very excited to partner with the US Embassy in Hanoi and NPX Point Avenue to bring “Speak to Inspire, Vietnam” to Vietnam, and to raise greater awareness of sustainability. Netflix is at the start of a crucial journey in Southeast Asia to listen to and to learn about sustainability priorities in the region. Through this partnership, I’m confident that “Speak to Inspire, Vietnam” will spur more meaningful conversations on topics such as environmental protection and climate change among the local community, and especially among youth. I look forward to gaining new and insightful perspectives from our participants.”

“This initiative will prepare young leaders to tackle serious issues of climate change and sustainability. In recent years, the U.S. Government has invested millions of dollars for local communities through regional environmental programs such as the Mekong-U.S. partnership. We are proud to work with our partners to secure a brighter future for the next generation,” said Mrs. Holly Lindquist Thomas, Chief of the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section, U.S. Embassy.

“Ideas inspire progress and move the world. NPX Point Avenue’s mission is to empower tomorrow’s leaders to transform the world through wisdom, integrity, and compassion,” said Tommy Nguyen, COO of NPX Point Avenue. “Through ‘Speak to Inspire, Vietnam’, and in collaboration with Netflix and the US Embassy in Hanoi, we aim to raise awareness of sustainability among the local community and help Vietnamese youth hone the art of communication as they share their passion before small and large audiences.”

For more information about the application process, please visit the website: www.speak2inspire-asia.com.

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About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 214 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About the US Embassy

The mission of the United States Embassy is to advance the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Vietnam.

About NPX Point Avenue

NPX Point Avenue is a leading education technology company in Southeast Asia that provides K-12 private bilingual schooling and K-12 after-school programming. Pairing holistic education with the latest technologies, it specializes in STEAM, English Learning, Test Preparation, Competitive Debating, Admissions Consulting, and Life Coaching. Since 2018, NPX Point Avenue has taught and mentored thousands of students from Vietnam and Thailand to reach their educational goals, including gaining admissions into top global universities.

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