State Counsellor talks about benefits of reading at opening of ‘All Who Can Read Should Read’ campaign

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi warmly greets children at the booth of the Child-Friendly Library as she visits booths set up at the opening ceremony of “All Who Can Read Should Read” campaign in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered opening remarks at the “All Who Can Read Should Read” campaign held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Present at the event were Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Pyithu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Tun Tun Hein, Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung, Union Ministers U Kyaw Tint Swe, Dr. Pe Myint, Thura U Aung Ko, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and U Soe Win, Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun, state/region ministers, Hluttaw representatives, heads of departments, literati, writers, authors, paper readers, award winning librarians, officials from library foundations and partner organizations, officials, literature enthusiasts and invited guests.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered opening remarks at the event. In her opening speech, the State Counsellor expressed her opinion about the reason for writing, saying that there were two reasons for writing. One was to share experiences and feelings and the other was to influence others with your thoughts and ideas.
She highlighted the benefit of reading urging the people to have a habit and a strong desire to read.
“Why do I cherish books? Why I’m enthusiastic to read? It is because it is beneficial for me. Acquiring knowledge is one thing. This is a practical thing. The benefit of reading is to know things that are different from us, our surroundings, our nature and our culture,” said the State Counsellor.
A book addict will want to read books and will yearn for it if there were no books. But when they don’t have books, they can think about the books that they had read and renew their strengths and spirits, she said.
She also highlighted the role of mobile libraries in the country in cultivating a habit of reading in children.
“In the mobile library, we stock it up with books that children would like to read. Just by looking at the book cover will entice the youngsters to open it up and read it. We are doing it in such a way,” she said.
(The unofficial translation of the full speech of the State Counsellor is covered on Page 3, 4 and 5.)
Afterwards, the State Counsellor and event attendees posed for commemorative photos. Later the State Counsellor observed with interest the exhibits displayed.

—MNA

(Translated by Zaw Min)

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