Read Namibia coalition to host reading event

12 Sep 2017 18:30pm
OSHAKATI, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – The Read Namibia coalition will host reading activities for the public, both young and old, at the UN Plaza in the capital on Saturday.
The event will kick off with a reading session hosted by United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho, who will be interacting with children on the importance of reading.
According to a media release issued by the UN Information Centre on Tuesday, there will also be sessions for parents on how to foster their children’s love for reading.
Other activities on the day include word games, quizzes, and sessions where children get to make their own short books to take home. Read Namibia will give away books to winners.
“It’s therefore important for Namibian children not only to learn to read, but to learn to love to read. We all have a role in fostering a reading culture in Namibia,” reads the statement.
Read Namibia is a broad coalition of businesses, teachers, librarians, booksellers, cultural organisations, and diplomats, working together with the Ministry of Education to promote a culture of reading in Namibia.
The UN System in Namibia is also a proud partner to the coalition, which is in strong support of fostering a reading culture in Namibia as it contributes to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially SDG 4 on 'Quality Education'.
The 2017 “Read Namibia” campaign was launched in Windhoek on 06 September to provide a continued response to the literacy challenges facing the country.
The initiative was started in 2005 by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and various stakeholders to address the reading difficulties faced by Namibians.
This year’s campaign, which will run for the whole of September, is themed ‘Read with a purpose, ways to save water’.
The ministry will also embark on its annual national ‘Readathon’ to be held on 29 September 2017 in the Oshana Region.