Literature Roundtable held at Pathein University

Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint takes part in literature talk together with youths at the Children’s Literature Festival in Pathein. Photo: Nay Lin
Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint takes part in literature talk together with youths at the Children’s Literature Festival in Pathein. Photo: Nay Lin

A Literature Roundtable, as part of the Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Literature Exhibition and Book Sales, jointly organized by the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Education and Ayeyawady Region Government, was held at Pathein University convocation hall yesterday afternoon.
The Literature Roundtable was moderated by U Sithu Nyein of Maubin Government Technical and Vocational Education Training School, and led by Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint along with Pathein Technological University fifth year B.E. Civil student Maung Kyaw Aung Zin Latt, Pathein Technological University fourth year B.E. EC student Naw Aviniza, Maubin Computer University third year student Maung Sai Min Thu Aung, Maubin Computer University first year student Ma Yamin Khin, Maubin University Master of Arts (Myanmar) first year student Maung Khant Ko Ko and Maubin University (History) third year student Maung Tat Toe.
During the discussion, Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint said the Roundtable was held with the aim of increasing the habit of reading, and thus discussions can focus on writing, publishing books, magazines and journals, as well.
People who read make progress and develop, while a country that reads is up front and develops in ways that prevents other countries from overtaking them. This can be seen in literature, as well as in real life. To study means to read. Reading involves both fiction and non-fiction. Reading to develop a country involves all. Subject matters can be non-fiction, but not only non-fiction, as all others need to develop, too. A country cannot only develop with scientists in labs. Reading of biographies, history, novels and fiction would not result in understanding people. People who deeply read novels understand people in depth. It is important to know history, as well as geography. Nowadays, it is also important to know geo-politics. It is necessary to know geo-politics, geo-economics and international relations, said the Union Minister.
Next, students participating in the Literature Roundtable discussed the books and literature they like, and the Union Minister joined in the discussion.
After the talk, the Union Minister, Literature Roundtable participants, and departmental officials in attendance, posed for commemorative group photo. — Thi Thi Min, Min Thit (MNA)(Translated by Zaw Min)

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