Hardap to hold first-ever readathon

28 Sep 2016 14:50pm
REHOBOTH, 28 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in the Hardap Region will host its first-ever “Readathon” on Thursday in Rehoboth.
The event will be held at the Hermanus van Wyk Community Hall.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Director of Lifelong Learning in the same ministry Aletta Eises-Thanises said the reason for initiating a readathon in the region was to promote a reading culture among learners here.
She said it was discovered that many school-going children read without grasping the details of what they are reading, while others simply do not know how to read.
“This reading culture awareness is not based on reading without a basis. Learners in schools are given certain reading material to read for example the Learner Pregnancy Policy, Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) booklets, Education Act and disciplinary policies of different schools,” Eises-Thanises remarked.
She said learners will be tested on what they have read through spelling competitions, debates and quizzes during the readathon, and prizes will then be given to the winners.
There will also be poetry and essay writing competitions.
The readathon theme for this year is ‘Namibia read; reading open new worlds’.
This year’s event will be the first such event where adult learners will also form part, including the spelling competition.
“We are expecting to have plus minus 250 people at the event from learners to community leaders and community members. This event will be officiated by the mayor of Rehoboth and UNESCO representatives,” Eises-Thanises said.