4 July 2018
Yangon Region Technological University Students on Tuesday began debate on future of the energy sector Myanmar called "Energizing Myanmar". The opening ceremony of the first debate held at Yangon Technological University in Insein was attended by the rector of YTU, Head of Office, World Bank Myanmar, Debate Chief Educator, EduLife and the debaters from (4) Technological Universities.
The aim of this competition is to promote and give the knowledge concerning with international electricity and energy sector to young people, to criticize what is wrong and what is right, to give respect to different opinions of other people instead of negative response to them and to clarify them with the detailed examples of his or her points of view.
Rector, Yangon Technological University, Myint Thein said “Today's debate includes students from (4) Technological Universities in Yangon. They will discuss and talk on the topics of energy sectors with different points of view. We organize this competition with the support of World Bank Myanmar. I hope students and public will know more about the advantages of energy sources from this debate.”
The energy development and energy challenges are one of the key priorities in Myanmar. Myanmar still has close to half of its population and households without supply of electricity and without access to electricity, said the head of office, World Bank Myanmar.
Head Of Office, World Bank Myanmar, Mr. Gevorg Sargsyan said "Many roads in villages have not the opportunity to provide lighting their schools, their medical centers. Children cannot do their homework at night. Businesses cannot grow. Families cannot really work in dark. The Government of Myanmar has decided to come out with the ambitious goal to provide electricity to every household in Myanmar by 2030. So, the World Bank is determined to support that goal to many mechanics and tools. …"
'Myanmar should prioritize utilizing indigenous energy resources than imported energy to have sustainable electricity for all' is the title of the first and second day debate.
Judge, Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing said “In this competition, students will compete from both sides of the affirmative and negative team. They will discuss and talk the issues from different sides. Most of the topics will be on electricity and energy resources. They will also compete both in English and Myanmar.”
Second Year Student, CEIT, Yangon Technological University, Wint Myat Noe said “I have competed in the previous debate. At first, I'm afraid to enter the debate. But later I'm not. I'm interested in the topics of this debate. That's why I decided to compete. I'll be competing in the first and second round of the topics named "'Myanmar should prioritize utilizing indigenous energy resources than imported energy to have sustainable electricity for all.”
Students from TU (Hmawbi), TTU, WYTU and YTU will compete the debate in English and Myanmar from 3rd to 7th of July with the support of World Bank Myanmar.