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April 20, 2019

Children’s Literature Festival (Myitkyina) comes to a close

School girls check gem stone at the booth of the Children’s Literature Festival in Myitkyina yesterday. PHOTO: MNA

Closing ceremony of Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Literature Exhibition and Book Sales jointly conducted by the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Education and the Kachin State Government was held at Myitkyina University convocation hall yesterday afternoon.
At the event Children’s Literature Festival Organizing Work Committee secretary Information and Public Relations Department Deputy Director General U Aye Kywe first explained about works conducted during the Children’s Literature Festival.
After State Hluttaw representative U Zaw Win’s speech of appreciation, Kachin State Chief Minister Dr. Khet Aung addresses the event. “More than 100,000 people, including students participated in the Children’s Literature Festival (Myitkyina).
Students participated in the competitions that develop their physical and mental capabilities and poem recitation and story-telling events were also conducted in ethnic national language. It was a joyful event as ethnic national dances were included in the entertainment performance”, said the Chief Minister.

Students entertain the visitors with ethnic traditional dances at the Children’s Literature Festival in Myitkyina yesterday. Photo: MNA

He pointed out, at the present age youngsters were not in touch with literature and are getting distanced from reading. Books seem to be lagging behind new technologies. Due to the attraction of the internet, children and youngster are forgetting books and literatures as well as the taste of books and literatures. The festival held was seen to support the contact between youths, literatures and books.”
“The matter of making children and youths read is an important matter for the country. A country’s development is linked to the development of its literature.
When the countries of the world are studied it can be seen that much emphasis had been placed toward the development of literature culture. Our country’s development is linked to the literature and cultural development. The mind will develop only through reading. Mental strength and thinking process will mature through reading.” he said.
“Human resources that are developed both physically and mentally are required in building a nation. Literature prevents a person from the extremes. It also guides a person toward a correct thought process. Therefore supports must be given for children to read more and arrange for them to be in touch with books and literatures.
Children nowadays are spending more time on their school studies reducing physical activities and reading of other knowledge. Parents themselves are pushing the children toward school studies and forget to encourage their children on physical activities and reading of other knowledge.
“This is becoming a modern culture. The festival held is pointing to parents and their children on other requirements in addition to school studies.”
“The programs, competitions and games in the Children Literature Festival support toward producing youngsters who are successful, outstanding and happy.
All are urged to use the experiences gained at the Children’s Literature Festival to go through their lives”, said the Chief Minister.”
Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Literature Exhibition and Book Sales was held for three days from 20 to 22 January.

— MNA

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