The Children’s Literature Festival was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with the opening address of President U Htin Kyaw calling for promoting literature for Myanmar’s young people.
“Children’s literature is of high value, as it is created to help bring up innocent children in such a way as to become happy and lovely people”, said U Htin Kyaw at the opening of the festival held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 (MICC-2).
The president expressed his delight to have an opportunity to attend this festival, adding that children’s literature is more difficult to create because there are more limitations such as the quality of the characters, the familiarity of the environment and the reading level.
“Children’s literature is important to foster children in a proper manner”, said the president. “We all need to encourage its development”.
Myanmar folk tales and country poems have become part of literature through the oral history format. The lullabies of our days are part of the history of children’s literature, and they have instilled in us the value of honesty, patriotism and courage.
“This is the reason why I would like to promote children’s literature, by encouraging you to open children’s reading rooms, cultivate the habit of reading and create both school and home environments that support pursuit of knowledge.
Afterwards, the president explained how children’s poems were incorporated into the school curriculum.
He said that it was the great grandpa poet ( i.e. Saya Min Thu Wun) who first introduced children’s poetry into the classroom in June 1931. The grandpa composed the poems when he was teaching at Kyungyangon school.
In those days, there was the children’s journal in which Saya Min Thu Wun had written serials on how to compose poems. Besides, he has written many tales. He was born in 1909 and died in 2005. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 400 children’s tales, he said.
After delivering the opening speech, the president visited booths and book stalls at the festival, accompanied by Union ministers, the Union Attorney-General, the Union Auditor-General, the Union Civil Service Board Chairman and department heads.