Children’s literature festival to be held in Yangon from 6 to 8 January

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Union Minister Dr Pe Myint delivers the speech at a coordination meeting for Children’s Literature Festival in Yangon from 6 to 8 January. Photo: MNA

A coordination meeting for Children’s literature festival in Yangon from 6 to 8 January at the Basic Education High School (6) in Botahtaung was held yesterday morning at Yangon Region Government office.
In his opening address at the meeting, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint said books are sold at the same time as books are displayed at the literature festival, and both are combined in a single event. This filled in a blank missing in the country after there had
been encouragements to enhance the events, Dr. Pe Myint said.
“In the world today, there is a need to study continuously. New things are continuously coming out. It is a knowledge age and information age. If it is not studied today, we’ll be left behind by others. That is why we need to study all the time and there is a need to find and study. A person who is interested in reading will read. But they will read only when there is a will to read without fail. When interest in reading is created in the early years, when the interest to read is retained in the children’s mind, they will have the habit of reading when they grow up”, Dr. Pe Myint said.
The forthcoming literature festival will include games that are played in a group, competitions, dances and entertainment from school teams. The participating children will participate not only as individuals but also as a group. Through this, they will develop the habit and pleasure of working as a group and will not become lonely and outcast individuals in society. They will not be anti-social and will have the spirit of making their society they live in to be pleasant and thriving, the Union Minister said.
“In addition to children developing the habit of reading, another matter is to instill the practice of working together with others on matters that are related to all.
If this is achieved, the children will not only develop knowledge and intelligence, but will also be able to relate and connect with others and work together resulting in youths who could lead our country. The aims at holding this event is to instill in the children the habit of reading, working together with others and obtaining the necessary skills and qualities to lead in the various stages of the country.
The festivals were held in many towns and the festival in Yangon will be more interesting. I am confident that this will be a grand and more complete festival that many will be interested”, said the Union Minister.
The Ministry of Information, Information and Public Relations Department Director General U Ye Naing explained yesterday about arrangements made for the festival. Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and (Yangon) Region Ministers, festival organising sub-committees and attendees joined the discussion.
The Children’s literature festival in Yangon will be held in the same way as children’s literature festivals held in Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Taunggyi and Monywa with a story-telling competition, a poem reciting competition, talks, debates, origami, painting competitions, daily literature talks, games and entertainment programmes.
Later in the day, Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint went to Basic Education High School (6) Botahtaung to inspect the preparations made in the school compound.
The children’s literature festival is jointly organised by the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Education and the Yangon Region Government and will be held from 6-8 January from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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