Toungoo gets Community Centre, mobile library

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Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, Chief Minister U Win Thein, Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister Daw Naw Pwai Say, MP Dr. Tin Tin Win, IPRD Director General U Ye Naing and Daw Khin Kyi Foundation Executive Director U Moe Zaw Oo cut the ceremonial to open the community centre in Toungoo. Photo: MNA

Under the arrangement of Ministry of Information and Bago Region Government, and cooperation of Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) and Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, a ceremony to open a Community Centre and a Mobile Library was held at IPRD Toungoo District Office yesterday morning.
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Bago Region Chief Mnister U Win Thein, Bago Region Minister for Kayin Ethnic Affairs Daw Naw Pwai Say, Amyotha Hluttaw representative Dr. Tin Tin Win, IPRD Director-General U Ye Naing and Daw Khin Kyi Foundation Executive Director U Moe Zaw Oo cut the ceremonial ribbon to launch the ceremony while students entertained with a band and pom pom dances.
Next, the Union Minister, Region Chief Minister and officials sprinkled scented waters onto the community centre sign board and the mobile library, inspected the people’s library and children reading room and presented toys to children participating in the painting and coloring competition.
Afterward, they presented commemorative gifts to people who were visiting the people’s library, inspected the displays of local utensils, regional products and ancient cultural objects displayed in the Mini-Museum of the people’s library and encouraged the trainees attending a computer course in the training hall.
Later the second session of the opening ceremony of the public based Community Centre and the Mobile Library was held at the temporary pandal where Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint said Ministry of Information was serving as a bridge between the government and the people by distributing news and information and reporting to the people about the works of the people’s government elected by the people.
News and information were being distributed to the people via radio, television and daily newspapers. People’s libraries of IPRD were now being upgraded to public based Community Centres in cooperation with Daw Khin Kyi Foundation. Librarians of the people’s libraries opened in the public based Community Centres were performing the work of finding books that readers want to read. As reading circles were conducted internationally, IPRD people’s libraries also formed literature enthusiast groups and conduct reading circles and literature reviews to spread the practice of reading. Furthermore it was also conducting mobile library works to lend books, journals and magazines to rural readers on a weekly and monthly basis.
Depending upon space available in IPRD offices, public based community centres were being implemented and established. At these public based community centres the locals can discuss economic, social and religious matters while Hluttaw representatives can also meet with their constituents.
At these Community Centres like minded persons had come together to conduct courses on household works, language and computer. In addition to this, depending upon space available regional products and ancient cultural objects were displayed at the Mini Museum to instill in youth the practice of valuing, collecting and maintaining cultural objects.
To create opportunities for the government and the people to speak directly public talks were conducted township wise. IPRD and Japan’s Shanti Volunteer Association were also raising knowledge level of children by leasing books using tri-cycles. Public based community centres were opened based on the public and the public need to use it as where the public gathers. The public based community centre opened today was put into the hand of the public. The public need to use it and only through using it will there be success and support the present democracy transition period and establishment of democracy practices said the Union Minister.
Next, Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein said discussions should be held in public based community centre to increase general knowledge of the people and to discuss local affairs. Daw Khin Kyi Foundation Executive Director U Moe Zaw Oo explained about the aim of mobile library and the Foundation’s participation in regional development works. Toungoo town elder U Myint Nyo spoke words of thanks on opening of public based community centre and mobile library.
Afterwards, Daw Khin Kyi Foundation Executive Director U Moe Zaw Oo presented certificate of honors to Dr. Masahiro Tsunoda and Ms. Natsuo Miyashita for donating 10 laptops for Taungoo District public based community centre via Daw Khin Kyi Foundation.
Later, Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint discussed with Toungoo District People’s Library book and literature enthusiast group and township writers to conduct reading circle, people’s talk circles, holding Children’s Literature Festival in Toungoo and literature matters in the public based community centre multi-purpose hall.
Union Minister and party were then learnt to have observed the history of establishment of Toungoo and ancient cultural objects displayed at Taw Win Kaytumadi Cultural Museum in Toungoo. — District IPRD
(Translated by Zaw Min)

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