THE Amyotha Hluttaw session continued yesterday with 10 parliamentarians discussing a proposal calling for special plans to eradicate illiteracy in ethnic regions, enable ethnic people to pursue further studies and promote ethnic literature.
Lt-Col Ye Naing Oo, Defence Services personnel Amyotha Hluttaw representative, stressed the need to ensure equitable development for all ethnic minorities by enabling them to pursue further studies.
He called for the implementation of a non-formal primary education (NFPE) programme, pointing out that about three million aged 15 and above living in rural areas are illiterate and about 4.8 million aged above five have no access to education. He added that the country has about 9.3million migrant workers and IDPs.
He went to say that there can be no democracy without internal peace as well as there can be no peace without democracy. Peace can be achieved under the rule of law and internal peace can be brought about by collaborative efforts of all stakeholders involved in the peace process. Works to eradicate illiteracy, enable ethnic people to pursue higher education and promote ethnic literature will be carried out following a lasting peace in the country.
In his discussion, U Han Win Thein of Thaninthayi Region Constituency 4 stressed the need for ensuring equal rights in education as most of those living in remote areas are illiterate.
He suggested that there be a focus on reform in education, calling for critical investments in education to ensure sustainable development.
The lawmaker called on Amyotha Hluttaw to put record on the proposal.
Likewise, U Naing Thiha of Mon State Constituency 7 highlighted the importance of ethnic literature, language and culture for ensuring sustainability of ethnic identity, calling for the right to learn ethnic language and enjoy ethnic literature.
U Kyaw Ni Naing of Shan State Constituency 10 also emphasised the need for unity in diversity, calling for the ensuring of equal rights in the education and health sectors.