19 June 2018
To mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falling on June 26, impromptu speech and poem recitation competition in Myanmar and English began on Tuesday in Yangon.
Myanmar Anti-Narcotics Association (Central) organized this 11th 4-day competition for students from Yangon Region aiming to help the young people especially students explore more about the dangers of using drugs.
Vice Chairman, Myanmar Anti-Narcotics Association (Central), Police Major Thein Kyi (Retired) said “We organize such an event like this annually to raise awareness on drug abuse especially among the youth because if they know the dangers of using drugs, they will avoid. This competition is under the 4 different topics for both languages. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of impromptu speech and poem recitation competition will be awarded for each district of Yangon Region. This is not the end … there’s a final competition.”
Nearly 100 students from Basic education schools of each district of Yangon Region participated in this competition.
Contestant, Hnin Pwint Phyu said “This is my very first time to have participated in this impromptu speech competition in Myanmar Language. I made preparations for 2 weeks by reading books about the dangers of using drugs. I tried my best and I hope that I will grab the first prize.”
Contestant, Swe Zin May said “I competed in impromptu speech competition in English Language. I prepared by reading essays and asking my teachers about the dangers of using drug. It was a chance for me to share my knowledge on drug abuse.”
The final competition for the impromptu speech and poem recitation will be held on the 24th of June along with a prize awarding ceremony.