A 'Millennium Reading Pledge' project has been launched to stimulate young people's interest in reading and continued education. Introducing the project at a press conference, Secretary for Home Affairs David Lan Hong- tsung said: 'The advent of the new millennium reminds us to keep enriching ourselves in order to meet the challenges ahead. Reading will not only help to expand our knowledge and improve our language skills, but will also enable us to respond to changing circumstances more effectively.' Director of EducationMatthew Cheung Kin-chung said: 'Children and young people are the pillars of our future society. Therefore, we must help them cultivate a keen interest in studying and reading so as to lay a solid foundation for life-long learning which is essential to self-advancement and the progress of the whole community.' Participants must be aged between four and 19 and have joined the Reading Programme for Children and Youth. For more information, call 2921- 2660.