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June 22, 2018

Kachin State capital Myitkyina gets community centre

Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint looks around the community centre.  Photo: MNA

A community centre was opened in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State in the northernmost sector of Myanmar yesterday morning, with an address by Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint.
The Minister said the democratically elected government is reporting back information on its services in the public interest to the people apart from its main task of providing the public with local and international news and events. At the same time it is enhancing public knowledge or public education through libraries. He also said the Information Ministry is using radio, TV, dailies and libraries as tools for disseminating information. As time passes alongside the social, technological and technical changes community centres become the effective means for contacting the people. The nurturing of the democracy practices such as community gatherings, legal assembling and the majority involvement in the administrative and management affairs of the state in the democratic reforms is the goal of the centres.
Under the sponsorship of the Information Ministry, the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation and the Information and Public Relations Department-IPRD jointly opened the centre that will serve as a place where people can work and organise together for the benefit of their local communities, including adult education social and cultural activities.
After the opening ceremony, Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Chief Minister Dr. Khet Aung, Speaker of the state parliament U Tun Tin, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Myanmar Mr. Jaroslav Dolecek and officials visited mobile library bus and mini museum, children’s reading corner, library, training hall and meeting room of the centre, outdoor fitness centre, book store, IPRD district office, youth centre and gymnasium run by Daw Khin Kyi Foundation.
Normally, a community centre has other many functions as it can be used as a place for all-community celebrations at various occasions and traditions; and for public meetings of the citizens on various issues, where politicians or other official leaders come to meet the citizens and ask for their opinions, support or votes, and where community members meet each other socially.
In some cases, community centres accommodate local clubs, volunteer activities, social activities including weddings, birthdays and funerals and even entertainments.—Kachin State IPRD


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