Literature Festival attracts over 10,000 students, teachers, and parents from eight townships in Yangon’s northern district. A two-day Children’s Literature Festival kicked off at No.1 Basic Education High School in Insein in northern district of Yangon, attracting more than 10,000 visitors. The festival was formally opened by Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Region Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Lin Naing Myint, Yangon Region Social Affairs Minister U Naing Ngan Lin, Minister for Kayin Ethnic Affairs Naw Pann Thinzar Myo, Scout member Maung Hein Min Thant and two outstanding students Ma Zin Mi Mi Kyaw and Ma Yu Ya Khin.
Contests for students launched following the opening ceremony and prizes will be presented to the winners of all contests today.
About 100 students participated in the contests.
Teaching aid shops and book stalls has attracted teachers, parents and students while the contests such as painting, extempore talks, literature talks and quiz are crowded with students.
Additionally, the Basic Education Department and private schools in Yangon northern district opened booths on health, science and general knowledge and laboratories.
“The festival is aimed at cultivating the reading habits of children, promoting their innovative skills and creative thinking,” said Daw Aye Thandar Chit, Deputy Director of the Yangon Region Northern District Education Department.
“We have gained a lot of knowledge from this festival. I’ve got motivation for reading. We are interested in laboratories as well as drawing in this festival. Entertainment programs also attracted us,” said Ma Kyi May Khaing, a ninth grade student from the No.2 BEHS, Insein Township.
The festival was held with the aim of providing opportunities for the children to grow their love for literature, to have good habits of participating in group activities, to become intellectual and intelligentsia culture and to develop their reading skills gradually.