Children’s Literature Festival, Book Sales begin in Thandwe

Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu and dignitaries have a documentary photo  taken with participants of the Children Literature Festival in Thandwe, Rakhine State. photo: mna
Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu and dignitaries have a documentary photo taken with participants of the Children Literature Festival in Thandwe, Rakhine State. photo: mna

The opening ceremony of the Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Literature Exhibition and Book Sales in Thandwe, jointly organized by the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Education and the Rakhine State government was held at Dwayar Wadi Hall in Thandwe, Rakhine State, yesterday morning.
The Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Literature Exhibition and Book Sales Festival was opened by Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, State Minister for Development Affairs U Win Myint, State Minister for Social Affairs Dr. Chan Thar, Information and Public Relations Department Director General U Ye Naing and students cutting the ceremonial ribbon. They then posed for a commemorative photo.
Next, students from Basic Education High School (Kinmaw) performed a musical number with the Children’s Literature Festival theme song.
Speaking at the ceremony, Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint said literature needs to enter into the minds of the children for them to be learned, knowledgeable and happy in the long run. He said that is why this cheerful and enjoyable situation was created for them with many books and literature. A joyful experience with books and literature is created for them to remember for life, he added.
He said it is a festival that has book sales and other enjoyable programs that will be memorable for the children.
The Union Minister said teachers are to urge and encourage students in their school to participate in all the programs. During the two days duration of the festival, there’ll be many competitions. In the earlier days before the festival, football and volleyball competitions were held. Paintings, jigsaw puzzles and connecting of words are programs that children can participate in, he said.
Many books and papers are being published in our country and there are many young people who read. Developed and progressive people in the world are those who read the most. Countries on the northern part of the world like Norway, Sweden and Finland are the countries that read the most in the world. In those countries, book shelves can be seen on the road sides, junctions and every where. You don’t need to store the book you want to read in your home because it can be taken from those places and returned after finishing reading, said the Union Minister.
As it is a country where people have the opportunity to be in touch with books, these countries become very developed. India and China are the most populous countries in the world but were not rich in the past. Now, they are developed and are at the top. This is because they read. They are at the top in all sorts of subjects, said the Union Minister.
The habit of reading must be instilled at childhood. Childhood means the younger the better. When parents go to book shops and libraries, they can bring along their children. In developed countries parents are not prevented from bringing their children to such places. This is making the children get used to literature and parents do things like read or tell stories to their children. Teachers also need to instill the habit of reading to students who come to school. If parents want their child to be outstanding, they need to read books or tell stories to them. Gradually, they will have to make their child become interested in the matters mentioned in the letters. If the child becomes interested, they will become lifelong readers and reading enthusiasts, said the Union Minister.
In the same way, Rakhine State Chief Minister said in his speech that in Rakhine State, Children’s Literature Festival was first held in Sittway last year and is being held for the second time in Thandwe now.
Children need to be close literatures, happy in it and read as much as they can as earliest as possible. A child’s qualities and abilities increase through reading. Everything needs to be done to raise these aspects in the children.
The State Government has drawn up plans to hold children’s literature festivals not only in major towns and districts but also in the townships.
It is believed that if all cooperate and participate in unity and goodwill, many children’s literature festivals will be successfully held that are beneficial for all of us, said the Chief Minister.
After the entertainment performances, the Union Minister, Chief Minister and officials visited the Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Literature Exhibition and Book Sales.
The Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Literature Exhibition and Book Sales will be held on 27 and 28 October and there’ll be entertainment and performances programs, debates, origami (paper folding of figures) competition, painting and drawing competitions, games, singing contest, English story telling competition as well as public talk circles. — MNA

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