President attends Children’s Literature Festival

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President U Htin Kyaw and wife Daw Su Su Lwin are welcomed by children as they arrive Children’s Literature Festival in Mandalay.

President U Htin Kyaw and the First Lady attended the opening ceremony of the Children’s Literature Festival and Book Fair in Mandalay, with the President delivering the opening address.
The festival, which was jointly organised by the Ministry of Information and the Mandalay Region Government, was formally opened by President U Htin Kyaw, Union Ministers Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Dr Myint Htwe, Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung and students at the Myanma Institute of Information Technology of Chanmya Tharzi Township in Mandalay.
President U Htin Kyaw called for revitalising the development of literature for children, warning that failure to nurture the development of children’s literature could destroy not only the future of the children but also that of the country.
“In the past, children’s literature stood tall in the grand hall of Myanmar literature, but its grandeur faded away due to various reasons,” he said.
He expressed his delight to see the Children’s Literature Festival held in historic Mandalay, with a view to developing the intellect and minds of children and making them love to read.
The President also thanked respective organizations for their cooperation in holding the Children’s Literature Festival in Nay Pyi Taw and the Nobel Myanmar Literature Festival in Yangon.
Myanmar folktales, Myanmar children’s poems and children’s literature are the ones that will survive for us who were brought up in Myanmar rural areas, he said.
These kinds of literature plant seeds of patriotism in us, uplifting our spirits and encouraging us to serve the country and the people, and it can be said that we came to possess the spirit of courage to overcome any difficulties in our lives, he added.
The President also pointed out that technology spreads every day, and with wider access some kinds of games and content contribute to bad attitudes and behaviours, and the way we speak can deteriorate overnight.
“For these reasons, it will not be easy to organize them to learn to love reading and enjoy living in the environment of reading rooms,” he said, “ I hereby urge our people to make concerted efforts to make the future of our children brighter.”
In conclusion, President U Htin Kyaw said that the development of children and the development of children’s literature and libraries can have a great impact upon the country’s future. Therefore he wanted to urge all to help in this task. He also wanted various organizations to provide assistance and cooperation so that children will become familiar with literature and find enjoyment in the literary environment.
Afterwards, the President and the First Lady inspected the exhibition room in commemoration of Sayagyi Min Thu Wun, a Burmese poet, writer and scholar who helped launch a new age literary movement called Khit-San Sarpay (New Age Literature) in Myanmar. He is also father of President U Htin Kyaw.
Then, the President, the First Lady and party inspected the exhibition halls on children literature and book-stalls, greeting those present at the ceremony. The Children’s Literature Festival, Exhibition and Book-Fair will be held from January 27 to January 29, in which there will be entertainment programs, extempore talks, Origami Competitions—art of paper folding, painting contests, playing games, arts contests, literary talks and workshop on upgrading literature.

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