Two-day Children’s Literature Festival in Myawaddy was opened yesterday at the No.1 Basic Education High School, Myawaddy Township, Kayin State.Two-day Children’s Literature Festival in Myawaddy was opened yesterday at the No.1 Basic Education High School, Myawaddy Township, Kayin State.Officials and students gathered yesterday to open the Children’s Literature Festival in Myawaddy Township, Kayin State.The ribbon cutting ceremony saw officials participating, including Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Kayin State Hluttaw Speaker U Saw Chit Khin, Minister of Burma Ethnic Affairs U Tay Za Htut Hlaing Htwe, Deputy Director-General of Information and Public Relations Department Dr Thida Tin, and deputy commissioner U Htoo Lwin, along with outstanding students. Also, students performed the theme song of the Children’s Literature Festival, and the Myanmar School song.Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than spoke at the ceremony, noting, “In this time, when we are using cutting-edge technology, parents need to take care that mindless entertainment and games are not overwhelming the minds of children. Under these circumstances, it will not be easy to persuade children to avert their attentions to reading, but we want to urge parents to make concerted efforts for the development of our children’s future. “We hope to bring about happiness for children, by increasing their exposure to ideas and knowledge, cultivating reading habits, improving nationalism and patriotism, and enabling children to develop the courage to overcome hardships.“I hereby urge parents and teachers to cultivate the development of future leaders by using children’s reading rooms and reading children’s poems,” added Mahn Win Khaing Than.The Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker also viewed students’ while ad-lib speaking, reciting poems, storytelling, painting, colouring and other competitions. He also viewed the children reading rooms, book exhibitions, ethnic literature exhibits, education exhibits, along with other exhibits and book shops.Additionally, Saya Myin Mu Maung Naing Moe and Sayama Nu Nu Yi (Inwa) gave talks about literacy at the children’s literature festival.Many customary items from the Kayin, Burma, Mon, Shan and Pa-O ethnic people, such as musical instruments, literature and other items, were displayed at the ethnic literature and culture exhibit. A large number of students and youths from Myawaddy Township took part in the two-day Children’s Literature Festival, which will end today.
Htain Linn Aung (IPRD)