PRESIDENT U Htin Kyaw gave a speech to students from the three-year primary teachership training course No 45 of the University for the Development of National Races at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his address, the President said that the 21st Century Panglong Union Conference was successfully held in Nay Pyi Taw and the conference was televised live from beginning to end.
The 21st Century Panglong Conference served as the first step towards the country’s national reconciliation and peace process and the government is striving for inclusion of all stakeholders in the process, added the President.
Efforts are being made to encourage the remaining non-signatory groups to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement, said the President, stressing the need to find a solution to a nearly 70-year-old internal armed conflict through political dialogue.
He called for an environment of mutual understanding, trust and respect for Union brethren while resolving political problems by political means at the negotiating table, highlighting the importance of keeping national unity and already-achieved Union spirit sustainable.
He said he was very proud to have future leaders like primary teacher trainees who are going to perform duties to ensure national unity and development of all ethnic people in the Union.
He called on the trainees to strive to become great teachers with the abilities to improve the socio-economic status of the national races and promote Union spirit among the entire population.
He called on the trainees to strive to become great teachers with the abilities to improve the socio-economic status of the national races and promote Union spirit among the entire population while serving the country as education staff in their own regions after completion of the three-year course.
It is required that they do their bit in the country’s national reconciliation efforts by educating ethnic minorities in border areas that lag behind in development for various reasons, added the President.
The President also emphasised the need to raise awareness of threats posed by narcotic drugs among students as drug abuse is posing serious threat to young people in urban and rural areas.
The President described the danger of narcotic drugs as a threat to the country’s rule of law, peace and stability and socioeconomic development undertakings for ethnic minorities.
While elaborating on the government’s endeavours in nation-building tasks, the President said that there can only be a healthy democracy through cooperation between the government and the entire people, adding that national reconciliation is vital to building a democratic federal Union inspired by all national races.
In conclusion, the President called on primary teacher trainees to strive to become good educational staff who are able to ensure human resources development in the regions where they are assigned with duties as well as to promote regional development and better socioeconomic status as well as the Union spirit among all national races.
Next, Ma Hla Myat Aye of the Palaung national race spoke words of thanks on behalf of the trainees.
Two trainees presented a gift to the President. Afterwards, the President posed for documentary photos together with trainees and cordially greeted them including the principal and faculty members.
Also present were Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ye Aung and Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Nai Thet Lwin, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Than Htut and departmental heads.—Myanmar News Agency