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September 21, 2018

Leadership Seminar for Tech Age Girls Myanmar, Library Award Ceremony held

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint and officials pose for photo together with winners of the Beyond Access Innovative Library Award at Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon. Photo: MNA

Dr. Pe Myint, Union Minister for Information, addressed a seminar yesterday on Leadership Seminar for Tech Age Girls Myanmar and a ceremony for “Beyond Access Innovative Library Award” was held at the Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon.
At the ceremony, Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, executive director of Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, explained the background of the foundation and the emergence of “Tech Age Girls Myanmar Project.”
“The Ministry of Information is performing the task of increasing the number of books and readers. The Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation are carrying out the tasks of making readers read more and developing libraries. The Ministry of Information is co-operating by signing an MoU for libraries under the Ministry to acquire aids on news and information and for the acquisition of the internet to fully acquire news and information. Libraries are being changed into community centres, and arrangements for holding literary talks are underway. Besides literary talks consisting of one representative from the Region and State Hluttaw, one from the government, a technician and a scholar each from civil society have also been arranged to be held. It is being implemented with a view to becoming a community centre open to all, and for developing the habits of arguing, criticising and discussing national affairs with authorities concerned. Simultaneously, the Ministry is carrying out to form libraries as developed and qualified ones which can fulfill the needs of the people, in co-operation with Myanmar Book Aid. A total of 45 co-operations such as workshops on libraries, seminars between librarians, ICT training for librarians, leadership training, and training for knowledge and skills on mobile news and information have already been conducted. In combination with Myanmar Book Aid, efforts are being made to develop public libraries in districts and townships as community centres where the public can assemble and meet. For modernisation of public libraries, the Ministry will co-operate with any organisations with same destination.”
Following that, Dr Aung Naing Soe, director-general of the basic education department and representatives from IREX, Microsoft and Ooredoo Myanmar gave speeches in honour of the occasion.
Daw Myat San Nyein, project manager of Beyond Access Myanmar, announced the names of prize winners, with Dr. Aung Naing Soe, Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung and Daw Myat San Nyein presenting prizes, followed by clarifications concerning the project by the project manager of Tech Age Girls Myanmar.
Prize winner Ma Ei Ei Phyu then spoke of her experiences from the Tech Age Girls Programme and Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung gave presents.
Libraries are being changed from community libraries to community centres. With a view to producing female leaders in villages and wards in the technology age, the Tech Age Girls Programme was launched in 2016.

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