Thursday, October 25, 2012

US officials to donate books to Burmese government

Thursday, 25 October 2012 14:44 Mizzima News

The program coordinator of the US Bureau of International Information, Dawn McCall, is meeting this week with senior Burmese officials in Naypyitaw and will participate in a book donation ceremony to the Parliamentary Library together with US Ambassador Derek Mitchell.

The US Embassy in Rangoon is donating these books at the request of the Burmese Parliament, and the collection consists of 200 titles focusing on parliamentary procedure, democracy, constitutional law, state building, elections, legislating, development, and civil society, said a US press release.

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The embassy book donation will be supplemented by a collection of books on parliamentary process and related governmental themes provided by The Asia Foundation through its Books for Asia program. Asia Foundation President David Arnold will participate in the ceremony.

McCall will also participate with senior officials from The Asia Foundation in a book donation ceremony for its Books for Asia program. The U.S. Embassy's Baldwin Library has partnered with The Asia Foundation in this program since 2007, distributing almost 76,000 books to 170 community libraries, nongovernmental organizations, monastic education centers, and university libraries across Burma.

McCall will also meet with young Burmese interested in learning about America.

The American Center in Rangoon is one of the busiest American Centers in the world and offers the Burmese public access to books and information at its Baldwin Library, opportunities to study English through classes and self-study materials, and a variety of other educational and cultural programs, the release said.

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