Sunday, July 28, 2013

First mobile library opened in Myanmar

Pakistan News & Features Services

Popular leader and the 1991 Nobel peace laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, launched Myanmar's first mobile library on July 27 as an effort to highlight her policy of spreading education in the country. 

"Now, it's only a bus with a room, but if our people use it correctly it may be great benefit for our country," Suu Kyi said at a ceremony in Kawhmu, 30 kilometres south-west of Yangon. 

Myanmar have few libraries and its schools and universities have suffered from years of neglect and poor budgets. 

Suu Kyi has stressed the need to improve the education system stymied after five decades of military rule. 

The Daw Khin Kyi Foundation in cooperation with the Education Ministry, with funding from local and foreign donors, bought a vehicle stocked with 1,500 books to take education to the countryside. 

"As the first such project in Myanmar, we may face many challenges, but the main thing is to draw the public's attention to the need for reading," Than Thaw Kaung, manager of the project, said adding that Myanmar needed new libraries and to train more librarians. 

The foundation is working with Beyond Access, Asia Foundation and National Library of Singapore to promote libraries and reading in Myanmar.

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