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The Second Book Report Contest Held to Offer an Opportunity for a Greater Number of Children to Nurture their Spirit

April 20, 2020

Photo: Award-winning students and officials of the Reading Comment Contest

Panasonic launched a book report contest in 2018 hoping to offer children in the Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar an opportunity to nurture their spirit and develop their thinking skills. Approximately 4,000 students from 41 middle and high schools participated in the second round of the contest. The contest is held as part of the Off-grid Solutions Project aiming to help children in Myanmar develop sound ethics.

The assigned book was a Burmese translation of An Untrapped Sunao Mind - What Konosuke Matsushita Wanted to Teach to Middle School Students, an introduction to Konosuke Matsushita's philosophy. It simply explains the mindset required for business success and inner happiness that our founder, Konosuke Matsushita acquired over his lifetime. The second contest focused on "Thinking about war" and "The development of space and humanity's mission," the themes included in the second half of the book.

The nine best reports were selected and the awards ceremony was held on January 17, 2020. The ceremony was attended by some 70 people, including the prize winners, their families, school teachers, members of the educational office for the Ayeyarwady Region, and other guests. Prize winners were awarded a certificate of commendation and prizes including a solar power storage system.

Panasonic will continue to hold the contest by using books written about Konosuke Matsushita to pass on the right things to do and rules of society to as many children as possible.

Photo left: Translated into Myanmar "If you can be honest-what Konosuke Matsushita wanted to teach junior high school students" / Photo right: Attendees
Representing the guests, Wu Sangminu, Director from the Ayeyarwady Education Office gave a speech to thank the efforts to improve educational abilities in Myanmar.
Ma Khine Hnin Wai (a ninth grader), whose book report won the Panasonic Prize, said that "I hope to become a lawyer in the future. Reading An Untrapped Sunao Mind gave me an understanding for the first time of the importance of co-existence and mutual prosperity. I am happy to receive the prize because I'm fond of writing."