‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign to be held in Nay Pyi Taw on 20-21 Dec

Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun inspects machines to be displayed at ‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign. Photo: MNA
Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun inspects machines to be displayed at ‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign. Photo: MNA

The ‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign will be held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 (MICC-2), Nay Pyi Taw, from 20 to 21 December.
A press conference to provide updates on the preparation work for organizing it was held at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Information, Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday. Speaking at the press conference, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun said the ministry is holding children’s literature festivals, all round youth development festivals and book sale festivals throughout the country, in cooperation with other ministries and state/region governments, for the people to acquire and expand the habit of reading.
“The main aims of the ‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign is to encourage and stimulate the development of reading among all people in Myanmar who can read, and to continue and extend the campaign to cover the entire country”, he pointed out.
“During this campaign, prizes will be awarded to the 20 libraries among the libraries throughout the country that are the most innovative. Five talk shows will be held and three papers will be read on the school library works and on increasing the reading rate of the people, and there will also be 26 exhibitions. In addition, a book sales festival will be held. Furthermore, the media is requested to cooperate in successfully holding the campaign”, said the Deputy Minister.
At the press conference, Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) Director-General U Ye Naing, Printing and Publishing Department Director-General U Aung Myo Myint, National Archives Department Director General U San Myint, Department of Historical Research and National Library Director Daw Mya Oo and Basic Education Department Deputy Director Daw Thit Thit Khaing explained about departmental exhibits taking part in the campaign.
For the campaign activities, Ministry of Information exhibits will display public information programs broadcast by Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV), public information educational works conducted by IPRD, the bicycle library program conducted by the governmental entity namely the Informaiton and Broadcasting Division before renaming as MRTV and IPRD, records of documentary films, machinery and equipment used, photographs of famous writers, published books and magazines, and a list of books published by Sarpay Beikman since 1947, as well as rare books.
The Department of Historical Research and National Library exhibit will exhibit five types of palm leaf writings, palm leaf writing bundles, palm and palm leaves, parabaiks, writing materials to produce palm leaf writings, cabinets where parabaiks are stored, inked copies of stone inscriptions, 94 books about Myanmar, the transformation of Myanmar’s alphabet, demonstration on palm leaf writings, video recordings of the Golden Letter of King Alaungpaya, and historical records related to writings of various ages.
The Basic Education Department will display a model library for children, movements aimed at children, activities conducted in children’s libraries, and more.
The Department of Historical Research and National Library exhibit will display old historical collections, such as Maha Bandoola palm leaf writing, agreements and treaties, the 1826 Treaty of Yandabo, which ended the first Anglo-Myanmar war, the 1883 Treaty between France and Myanmar, Aung San-Attlee Agreement, Nu-Attlee Agreement, Pinlon Agreement, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signed in 2015, annexes to the NCA signed in 2017, NCA signed in 2018, original hand writings of Kinwunmingyi, a British era 1886 Myanmar Gazette, 1947 Constitution, Independence Declaration 1948, Pyidawtha Project (1954), five Shan white parabaiks, among other things. — MNA /(Translated by Zaw Min)

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