Youth All-Round Development Festival began with an opening address by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the Mandalay University yesterday.
Before her opening address, the State Counsellor formally opened the festival together with Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Dr. Pe Myint, Thura U Aung Ko, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and Dr. Myint Htwe and Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung and four representatives of youths.
Afterwards, youths of the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture performed dances with the Theme Song of the festival.
In her opening address, the State Counsellor called on the next generation to take their responsibility of strengthening the system laid down by the previous generation.
“The condition of the road our country will have to walk will be decided by our people,” adding that the future road of the country should be ‘all-weather road’ which is trafficable in all weather conditions.
“It is necessary to use good materials and good system when we start to build a road. Likewise, one of the main materials which are necessary for building a country is our people. Our people’s morality and qualification are good materials. We need a good system to make good use of these good resource,” said the State Counsellor.
Myanmar is heading to a people-based system because people are the most effective resource of the system to benefit the country and the people, she said.
We need to see whether our country’s system can be able to bear the big challenges when we face conflicts and obstacles.
“The reason why we are paying attention to nurturing our youths is to produce a generation having skills and morality to strengthen the Union road which we built,” said the State Counsellor.
Though young people have less experiences than older people, they are less pessimistic than older people.
At the peace talks, it is found that older people took pragmatic approach to the issue but the young people inclined to ideology in peace talks. It means cooperation need between the young and older people to achieve success, she said.
At the same time, it is the duty of the older people to put the young people on the right path to their progress.
Health is the first priory for all-round development of youths because no one can use his or her abilities without good health.
She also called on the people to participate in the Public health system by learning how to nurture children, dos and don’ts for good health of children.
The State Counsellor has stressed the importance of right nutrition during the toddler years to develop their brain.
“To feed right nutrition to children under two years of age is the responsibility of the people and Health Department and the government as well. We must work together it. After two years of age, right nutrition should be given to them and encourage their physical exercises,” she said.
The education system of Myanmar should bring pride and dignity to the people, she said, adding that the country’s children should get access to such kind of education system.
“I believe that with opportunities and right support we get, our country can regain its past glory in education,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
“Our education system should be the one which can give pride and confidence to our children so that they can stand tall in the world, said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, bringing the country’s past-glory of high-quality education to the people gathered at the festival.
At the same time, young people should have morality through education so that they can use their skills and qualifications on right ways, she said.
Besides, young people should be taught to respect and to love their surroundings. Not only teachers, but also parents are responsible for that, she added.
Respect of a country should start from personal morality of avoiding throwing away litters to preserving public owned materials, saying that if the young people have good morality, they can be good citizens with all-round development.
The young people can be said to be well developed if they have good health and physical development with good morality.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also urged the country’s young people to develop the spirit of esprit de corps if they want to enjoy all round development.
“I would like to urge our young people to develop the spirit of cooperation to get good friends on their road to the all-round development. Only if you have the qualifications of good friend, you can get good friends. I would like our young people to consider the meaning of “all-round”. If they have physical strength, mental morality and good friends, our young people can become good people who can serve not only in the interest of the country but also for the people in the world,” said the State Counsellor.
Following her address, the State Counsellor posed for photo together with Union ministers, Mandalay Region Chief Minister, guests, students, representatives of youth organizations.
Afterwards, she attended a ceremony to honour outstanding students held at the Mandalay University’s convocation hall.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi presented the prizes to Maung Toe Tet Lin, Ma Myo Hayman Oo and Maung Pyai Sone Kyaw from the Taunggyi University of Computer Science and Maung Zaw Min Min Tun and Maung Myo Maung Maung from the Mandalay Technology University for their achievements at the China-Myanmar Innovation and Entrepreneurships Competition 2018.
Afterwards, Union ministers and the Mandalay Region Chief Minister presented prizes to Maung Het Wai Lin, Maung Hein Dwe San, Ma Thiri Ko Ko, Ma Banlar Yut and Ma Hnaung Thet Htar Wai from the Technology Unicersity at Yatanarpon Cyber City for their efforts for winning first prize in the Centure Well 2018 Open Minds Showcase; Ma May Myat Noe (Rachel), Ma May Thu Soe and Ma May Myat Noe (Aurora) for their efforts in winning second prize in the Lancang-Mekong Youth Training Camp for Innovation and Entrepreneurships 2018; Maung Thiha Naing, Maung Chan Nyein Thaw and Maung Thar Htet San from the Mandalay University of Computer Science for their efforts for winning third prize in the China-Myanmar Contest of Innovation; Maung Sai Hsai Hlyan, Maung Sai Nyi Nyi Tun and Maung Htet Aung Khant who won third prize in the China-Myanmar Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2018; Maung Thet Paing Myo, Ma Yin May Ei and Ma Wut Ye Than from the Technology University Yadanarpon Cyber City for winning third prize in the China-Myanmar Innovation and Entrepreneurships Competition 2018; Maung Myo Hsan Aung of Yangon West University for winning third prize in Chess Contest Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ma May Myat Noe (Rachel) of Yangon University for winning the Best Multi-National Team Award in the Youth Innovation Competition on the Lancang-Mekong Region’s Governance and Development-YICMG 2018, Ma Kyaw Kyaw Khin, Ma Ei Hmu Khaing and Ma Hsu Myat Noe of the Mandalay University, Maung Si Thu Han and Maung Aung Min Hein of the Yangon Technology University for winning the Excellent Team Prize in the China-Myanmar Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2018, Maung Moe Kyaw Zin Aung, Maung Nay Lin and Maung Pyai Phyo Oo of Taunggyi Technology University for winning Excellent Team Prize in the China-Myanmar Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, Ma May Myat Noe (Rachel), Ma May Thu Soe and Ma May Myat Noe (Aurora) of the Yangon University for winning the Most Valuable Issue Award in the Youth Innovation Competition on Lancang-Mekong Regions Governance and Development-YICMG 2018; Maung Shin Thant Tun of Yangon of the Yangon Technology University for winning the the Best Delegation Award in the 4th ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting 2018 and Maung Kyaw Htet Lin and Maung Wai Yan Moe Lwin of Honorable memtion in the 59th International Mathematical Olympaid.
During the festival, Science Fair booths are staged at the ground floor, with programs showcasing.
IT-related items, IT Quiz, Cyber Security Awareness, IT Power Test, IT consultants, Project Show, IT Book Show and Minecraft Game. Besides, local and foreign companies have offered job opportunities to youths outside the building. Similarly, universities and basic education schools also set up booths displaying education affairs and health awareness, drug awareness and eradication of child abandonment.