Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint opened the Myeik Children’s Literature Festival and book sale, jointly organized by Taninthayi Region government, the Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) and Basic Education Department, yesterday in Myeik Basic Education High School No. 1.
The opening ceremony was held in front of the school, where Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, Taninthayi Region Minister for Social Affairs and Development U Ho Pin, Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister U Saw Lu Kar, IPRD Director-General U Ye Naing, joined two youths in cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the festival, as children released balloons into the air.
The opening ceremony was then continued in Pyinya Beikman hall in the school, where Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, in a speech, said the Ministry of Information is providing information and entertainment to reflect the advancements in technology, changing systems and the times. IPRD libraries are being upgraded and turned into people-based community centres. Children’s Literature Festivals are now being held so that, in the future, the youth who will one day manage the country will have become well educated.
Region Minister for Social Affairs and Development U Ho Pin then delivered words of thanks, followed by entertainment programs presented by students from basic education schools, private schools and universities in the region.
Afterwards, the Union Minister and party visited display booths at the festival and viewed the children’s competitions.
The Children’s Literature Festivals was jointly organized by the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Education and related states and regional governments in Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Taunggyi, Monywa and Yangon, while related governments, IPRD, Basic Education Department, civil society organisations, literature enthusiasts and donors jointly organized festivals in 11 district towns during 2017. This year, festivals will be held in 12 district towns.
The Children’s Literature Festival in Myeik will be held on 27 and 28 January and will include exhibitions, competitions and entertainment, and is open to the public.
In the afternoon, the Union Minister and officials inspected the Myanmar Radio and Television Retransmission Station (Myeik), District IPRD office-library and News and Periodical Enterprise sub-printing house (Myeik). In addition to this, the Union Minister and party went to Pataw Padet Island and visited the Pyae Phyo Tun Company Limited’s 1,000 ton cold storage factory, the Aung Myat Phyo Company Limited’s soft shell crab breeding works, the Padet village library and Padet high school library.