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Children becoming unfamiliar with folktales: Minister Khemchand

A 10-day Children Book Festival is being held at Singjamei Thokchom Leikai, Imphal, with the aim to inculcate reading habits in children..

ByDonald Sairem

Updated 10 Jul 2022, 2:39 pm

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Minister Yumnam Khemchand on Sunday said today's children are becoming unfamiliar with folktales that impart knowledge and wisdom.

“Today's children are more drawn towards the internet and watching videos online. Not that this changing trend is completely bad, but it has a huge impact on society,” the minister said, while speaking at the inaugural of a 10-day Children Book Festival being held at Books & Coffee, Singjamei Thokchom Leikai.

The minister raised concern that the age-old tradition of elders of a family, especially the grandparents, narrating stories and folktales to the children have become a thing of the past. Through the folktales, eleders imp[rated knowledge and wisdom to children, he said.

Khemchand said the initiative of organising a Children's Book Festival is encouraging as it will help cultivate reading habits among the children and introduce them to the world of joy through reading.

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Proprietor of Books & Coffee, Beeshantam Yumnam said that the aim of the festival is to inculcate reading habits in a time where technology is taking over various aspects of mankind. 

“Reading books help children in acquiring problem solving skills and entertain them as well,” he said.

Meanwhile, one of the coordinators of the festival Sapam Sweetie said that various activities like art and crafts, painting workshop, storytelling, book workshop are being organised as a part of the 10-day festival. 

Books and various items for children are being made available at a discounted price, she added.

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First published:10 Jul 2022, 2:38 pm

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Donald Sairem

Donald Sairem

IFP Reporter, IMPHAL, Manipur

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