Education must foster thought, says Suu Kyi

Education plays an important role in bringing up citizens that are able to choose the right path, according Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

Suu Kyi was speaking to children after donating cash and goods to Buddhist monks marking the centenary of Bogyoke Aung San’s birthday at Kantatkon Masoeyein Monastery in Mandalay Region on February 14.

“I follow the advice of senior monks as I want to walk along the right road. I want the children of today to make the right decisions and for them to be brave and educated citizens in the future. I guide children to cultivate reasoning without learning lessons by heart,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

“Students are not to learn lessons by heart, but to learn through thinking power. Therefore a country’s educational system is of great importance. The most important thing is to nurture citizens capable of choosing the right path.

“Education must include sporting events that can encourage morals in children. Teachers should put an emphasis in their classes on giving pleasure to children. Teachers need to teach children to understand education for all.”

Suu Kyi gave advice to children: “Let us think why all the people of the country are remembering the centenary birthday of grandfather Aung San. All remember and thank a person who can serve the interests of others.

“Children need to cultivate true spirit without looking to be thanked. In doing so, the country will become a better place to live with peace of mind. I want children to become capable of bringing wealth to all citizens,” Suu Kyi said.

She unveiled a statue for Aung San’s centenary birthday in Kyaukse on February 13. She paid homage to Maha Myat Muni Pagoda in Mandalay and donated. She also paid homage to senior monks from Withokdayon Monastery.

Suu Kyi attended the ceremony to mark of General Aung San’s birthday at Kantatkon Masoeyein Monastery in Mandalay Region and met senior monks.