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Apr 20, 2016 / 12:17

The third Vietnam Book Day kicks off in Hanoi

The Ministry of Education and Training opened the third Vietnam Book Day in Hanoi on April 19.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Minister of Education and Training Pham Manh Hung said that a Vietnamese reads four books a year, the rate which is comparatively low in comparison with his peer in Singapore, where a person reads 14 books a year or in Malaysia, where each reads 10 books per year.
The Vietnam Book Day aims to raise public awareness of the importance of books and promote reading culture in Vietnam.
Photo for illustration.
Photo for illustration.
The ministry also expects reading would help improve education quality and provide social skills for people.
The book day provides a chance to honour people who are involved in the book industry, including authors, editors, publishers, distributors and librarians.
At the opening ceremony, some domestic publishers donated thousands of books to the library of the Education and Training Ministry.