Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint and Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi delivered a message of greetings at the ‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign held at Myanmar International Convention Centre-II, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
In his message of greetings Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint said the campaign was held with an aim of appreciating and valuing literature, strengthening the appreciation of literature, permeating the thought of cherishing literature to old and young alike throughout the country.
To say it more accurately, the aim of “All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign is to develop the wisdom of the people. It is accepted by everyone that reading brought prosperity to nationals who read. In other words people of developed countries read a lot.
If the number of people with knowledge and wisdom increases, that country will be ahead of other countries. The ‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign is held to have more people with knowledge and wisdom in our country.
I want our people to read. People are categorized according to their ages. They are the age of learning, the age of working and the age of retirement. The age of learning includes all children and youths. The age of working includes all youths, middle-aged and old-aged persons who can work. Age of retirement is retiree who no longer works who had free time and extra times while being healthy.
We need to think of what sort of books we should read. We need to think what sort of books we should produce for those who read.
Children literature festivals were held to make children read and develop children literature and it had reached a certain level of success and effectiveness. Thanks a lot to children literature writers and producers. More thinking is required toward reaching more wider and complete quality. In addition to children literature translation, encouragement must be made toward creating better children literature. Only then will there be an increase in new and innovative children literature.
Human resources development needs to be conducted for our country to be on par with the world and to develop. It is believed that reading plays an important role toward human resources development. For this to happen, it couldn’t be done by a single person, group or entity. It is believed that all who are interested in intellectual matters and who cherish their country need to cooperate and participate. Those who are working with books and literature, publishers, distributers, library personnel, children, writers, anyone who are related to books and knowledge are urged to participate in the best they can said the Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint.
Next, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said it is the duty and responsibility of the teachers, and head masters/mistresses of Ministry of Education, teachers from private schools, parents, guardians and the people to create learned person from the “All who can read should read” campaign. It is important to nurture, teach and train so that there will be learned person.
Reading is important in learning and only through reading non-fiction and aesthetic literature can there be life-long learning. Schools and teachers are responsible toward raising the ability to read. Reading places like school library, community-based libraries, ward libraries to National Libraries plays a role in supporting and encouraging reading.
As it is important to encourage the habit of reading at the primary level, arrangements were made to expand the opening of primary school libraries. It will be conducted in cooperation with Daw Khin Kyi Foundation.
It is important to say let us read. Libraries in basic education schools, universities and wards are to be supported. Libraries play a key role toward instilling the practice of reading. As such all need to participate, support and cooperate toward establishment of libraries that the people will cherish and utilize said the Union Minister for Education.
Next, Dr. Pe Myint and Dr. Myo Thein Gyi presented Innovative Library Award to representatives of community-based centers in Myitkyina District, Hpa-An District, Natmauk Township and public libraries in MraukU District, Sangyoung Township and Nyaungshwe Township.
Afterwards, Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun and Nay Pyi Taw Council member U Aung Myin Tun presented Innovative Library Award to representatives of Amyinthit library, Tun Tauk Yaungchi library, Dhamma Joti e-library, Shwe Nya Myay library, Mya Thein Tan library, Yangon North district (Insein) Daw Khin Kyi Foundation mobile library, Kawhmu Daw Khin Kyi Foundation mobile library, Pyinnya Parami library, Kanbawza Youth library and Dawei Millennium Centre.
After the award presentation a librarian delivered a message of thanks on behalf of the award winners.
Later, a signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support sustainable existence of libraries between Ooredoo Myanmar and Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF) was held where Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint delivered a message of appreciation.
This was followed by MBAPF Executive Director Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung and Ooredoo Myanmar Company CEO Mr. Vikram Sinha explaining about the MoU.
The MoU was then signed and exchanged in the presence of Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint and Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun by Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung and Mr. Vikram Sinha.
After the signing of the MoU Ooredoo Myanmar Company CEO Mr. Vikram Sinha presented cash donation for ‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign to Information and Public Relations Department Director General U Ye Naing and Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung presented gifts to Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint and Mr. Vikram Sinha.
Finally, discussions were held under various titles and themes. The “All Who Can Read Should Read” campaign will continue on 21 December.
(Translated by Zaw Min)