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A large number of visitors, including parents and students, thronged the Children’s Literature Festival and book exhibition yesterday, on the second day.
As it was a Sunday, the former Saint Paul’s High School (now BEHS No 6), the venue of the festival, saw more visitors than on the opening day.
“More people visited the festival today. Since 7 am, huge groups of teachers and students from the state schools and private schools have been pouring into the venue. The sports activities and games at the festival have made it more attractive, especially for children,” a teacher said.
Daw Kyin Than, an official of the Information and Public Relations Department, who is also in-charge of the origami contests, explained its rules. The interesting part of this Japanese art is the creation of the paper figures without using any glue. It is open to all children, he said.
Apart from the origami contest, the festival is also conducting other activities, such as storytelling, impromptu talks, poem recitation, and colouring and drawing of pictures with artists.
Moreover, there are also interesting games, including team-building games, threefold walking, collective walking, golf scoring, jigsaw puzzles and open-air games, such as football and htok-hsee-toe, a traditional game for children.
“We have booths on chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to draw the interest of the students. They are eager to take part in the scientific experiments. I am glad ILBC could participate in the festival. We are ready to participate in future festivals,” an official of the private school said.
A parent added, “I took around my son for shows on the systematic garbage disposal system of the Township Development Committee, the traditional elephant dance, as well as to the science booths of schools. In my view, this kind of festival is beneficial and important for the nation’s progress.”
Further, a person in charge of the programmes said, “Our entertainment programmes provide knowledge about the benefits of reading and doing physical exercises in the traditional way. We guarantee more efforts in the coming festivals.” The literati also held talks on the creation of cartoon characters, books for children and school library development. The entertainment programmes begin at 9.30 am and end at 8 pm daily.