The Dhivehi Bahuge Academy held a special function on Friday to celebrate the National Poet’s Day 2023, and announce the results of the literature competitions organized by the institution.
The function was attended by Heritage Minister Yumna Maumoon, senior officials from Education Ministry, and leading litterateurs.
The function saw the presentation of awards to the winners of three competitions held last year; the 37th National Essay Writing Competition, the 34th National Short Story Writing Competition, and the 25th National Poetry Writing Competition.
Awards were presented to students who ranked the top 10 in different categories, and both students and schools.
Speaking at the function, Heritage Minister Yumna thanked the poets of the past and present for their contribution to Maldivian literature.
Yumna said that Dhivehi language skills were important to learn in all stages of life, and highlighted on the importance of developing such skills.
“Some students may wonder if its important to learn Dhivehi language skills. If its necessary. If they should be able to speak that fluently. If they should be able to write that well. These are things one should know in all areas of life. Whether in the workplace or personal life,” she said.
She urged students to develop their inherent skills.
The National Poet’s Day 2023 was dedicated to the works of poet Ramla Abdul Ghani, who began writing poetry at the age of 17 years and now has 60 years of experience under her belt. She received the National Award of Recognition in the field of poetry in 2000, and the National Award of Honor in the field of poetry in 2015.