12 June 2019
National Seminar on Strengthening Health Promoting School began on Wednesday in Nay Pyi Taw with the motto ‘Physically and Mentally Fit Youth for the Brighter Future’. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the Seminar opening ceremony and gave remarks. The State Counsellor called for efforts for many issues including elimination of drugs, cigarettes, betel and alcohol in basic education schools and universities, and also works to help the students practice healthy life style. Students are future of the nation. She also highlighted Myanmar Global School Health surveys and Myanmar Demographic Health Survey. The State Counsellor stressed increases in cigarette, betel and alcohol consumption among the youth. She called for cooperation among the ministries, parents, teachers, students and organizations to get physically and mentally fit youth for the brighter future. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe and Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi also gave speeches.
The 1st day of the Seminar took place with two discussion sessions covering elimination of drugs, cigarettes, betel and alcohol and traffic and road accidents, comprehensive sexuality education, healthy life style and computer game issues.
Director, Department of Public Health, Dr. Soe Min Oo said “Our Ministry of Health and Sports provide technical input to the works undertaken by the Ministry of Education. There is already cooperation among the ministries, communities and organizations – this is to accelerate the cooperation and promote the plans to help the students get healthy life style.”
The 2014 Census shows, in Myanmar, 45 % of the population is youths – data in 2018 shows 20 % of the population is students.
Advisor, Ministry of Health and Sports, Dr. Aung Tun said “There were strong school health programmes in our country – the programmes faded away in the past 10 years. Now, efforts are being made for school health programmes. There’s a 5-year national comprehensive school health strategic plan. School health programme is to help students get personal health practices.”
This 2-day National Seminar was led by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health and Sports.