The Kyonpyaw edition of the Children’s Literary Festival was inaugurated by Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint and Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung at B.E.H.S. (1) Kyonpyaw yesterday morning.
This festival was organized between the regional cabinet, the Information and Public Relations Department, Basic Education Department and the township administration committee.
Firstly, the Union Minister, Chief Minister, officials and two outstanding students formally opened the festival and then took a documentary photo with all attendees. Students of B.E.H.S. (1) then sang the theme song of the Children’s Literary Festival in the school’s Aung San Hall.
Dr Pe Myint’s speech
Next, the Union Minister delivered a speech. He said the Children’s Literary Festivals were first started in the 2016-2017 financial year with the aim to promote a love of literature in children, developing teamwork skills while joyfully participating in the festival’s events, and accumulate wisdom in order to become successful leaders of the nation in the future.
He said the festivals are organized by the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Education and the relevant state or regional government. So far, the festivals have been held in 9 areas of Nay Pyi Taw and the states and regions and in 43 times at the district level while enthusiasts grouped together to organize the festival 11 times, said the Union Minister.
He said they will continue organizing the festivals across the nation and because of the active participation of children from all townships of Ayeyawady Region in the similar festival held in Pathein last year, this type of implementation is currently being carried out in the 26 townships of the region by the regional government and is a cause for particular delight.
The Union Minister said he sees festivals are successful due to active cooperation from department officials, local elders and volunteers and is thankful to everyone responsible for organizing the festivals and making them a success in which children are happily participating.
Regional Chief Minister’s speech
Next, Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung delivered a speech. He said they organized the Children’s Literary Festival with the belief that it will bring numerous valuable benefits for children. He said his government is expanding on the children literary festival process undertaken by the Information and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Information.
He said this festival in Kyonpyaw Township is the 16th festival organized by the local government, with each having taken place in 16 out of 26 townships in the whole of Ayeyawady Region. He said this festival paving the way for children to develop a fondness for literature and become valuable citizens in establishing the nation.
The Chief Minister highlighted the exhibition on the outstanding people of Ayeyawady for children to model after. He said being able to organize these festivals brightens the future of the nation and plants the seeds for positive opportunities.
Afterwards, students of B.E.H.S. (1) sang a song for unity, students of B.E.M.S. (Myoma) acted out a story, and students of B.E.H.S.(2) sang ‘Ma Ma Pathein Thu’.
Following this, the Union Minister, Chief Minister and officials observed the outstanding people of Ayeyawady exhibit, children’s reading room, department exhibits, NGO exhibits, literature seminars, literature discussion, competitions, festivities, sports contests and book sale booths in the festival.
The Ayeyawady Region government first began organizing the Children’s Literary Festival on 1 November, 2019, and this edition in Kyonpyaw Township is the 16th festival thus far. There are plans to organize the festival in the remaining townships of the region.—Nay Win (IPRD) (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)