Campaign on developing libraries, raising reading habits launched in Sagaing

Union Minister for Information U Maung Maung Ohn, accom­panied by Sagaing Region Chief Minister U Myat Kyaw, attended a ceremony to launch the “De­veloping Libraries and Raising Reading Habits” campaign at No 1 BEHS in Sagaing yesterday.


Speaking at the event, the Union minister, who is also Chairman of the Myanmar Li­braries Development Coopera­tion Committee, said the Prime Minister focuses on library de­velopment and increase in read­ing frequency across the country. Students should cultivate read­ing habits for their improvement. Moreover, they should also study modern technologies.


The ministry also carries out the proper activities to raise public awareness regarding reading in addition to its library operations, which is its primary duty.


He then urged the students to read all varieties of books and publications and to become re­liable citizens of the country. Afterwards, he handed over K75 million to construct five new li­braries and 16,500 books and publications to the region’s chief minister, DTH dishes and eight DVB T2-set top boxes for eight basic high schools to regional education officer U Thet Lay Oo.


The region chief minister expressed gratitude and pre­sented books and publications to the No 1 BEHS headmistress.


After the entertainment pro­grammes of famous singers, co­medians and students, the Union minister gave cash prizes to per­formers and observed the dis­played books, journals, depart­mental booths, photo exhibition, story-telling competition, essay competition, painting, quizzes, impromptu talks and fun game competitions.


The Union minister and party then visited SunU Pon­nyashin Pagoda atop Sagaing Hill and discussed the matter of donating gold foils to the pagoda. The gold foils were donated to the pagoda nine years ago, and the Sagaing Region government arranged to donate again and also open the Shwe Taung Yoe Motel for the convenience of pil­grims. — MNA/KTZH