Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham praises 2015 basic literacy movement

Vice Preisdent Dr Sai Mauk Kham meets local residents at teaching session at literacy campaign in Hinthada Township.—MNA
Vice Preisdent Dr Sai Mauk Kham meets local residents at teaching session at literacy campaign in Hinthada Township.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 12 May—Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham on Tuesday attended the 2015 launch ceremony of the basic literacy movement in Hinthada Township, Ayeyawady Region.
The ceremony was attended by union ministers, the chief minister of the region, parliamentary representatives, departmental heads, academics, students, NGOs and education partnership organizations.
The vice president said the ceremony was aimed at encouraging teachers and students from Hinthada University who took part in the literacy movement.
Dr Sai Mauk Kham said the literacy rate is directly proportional to the prosperity of a country, urging the promotion of literacy for the benefit of the economy and society as a whole.
Myanmar initiated the first literacy movement in Meiktila, Mandalay Region, during the 1964 summer school holidays, and has won awards from the International Literacy Movement in 1971 and 1983.
The government resumed the literacy movement in 2013. More than 2,000 teachers and university students taught more than 22,000 illiterates that year, and more than 4,600 volunteers taught nearly 50,000 illiterates.
In 2015, more than 3,000 volunteer university teachers and students have been teaching reading and writing to more than 26,000 people, with the programme running from 1 April to 15 May across the country.
Following the vice president’s address, the Chief Minister of Ayeyawady region U Thein Aung and Education Union Minister Dr Daw Khin San Yi gave speeches about the movement.
The vice president and government officials then visited Hinthada Public Hospital and looked around medical wards and an operating theatre.—MNA

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