Kavango East region to host National Readathon week

19 Sep 2019 14:40pm
RUNDU, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – The Directorate of Education Library Services in the Kavango East Region under the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will this year host the 2019 National Readathon.
The National Readathon will be held at Maria Mwengere Senior Secondary School under the theme ‘Read Namibia: Combat drought to improve food security’ next week.
The Director of Education in the region, Fanuel Kapapero in a media statement issued on Thursday said each year, the Namibia Library and Archive Services (NLAS) selects a region to host the event.
Last year the national readathon was celebrated in Omusati.
“During this year’s celebrations, the Goethe-Institut Namibia in partnership with NLAS will run reading workshops for librarians and teachers,” the director explained.
Storytelling sessions for children and other activities to support awareness of reading for young people, will also be held.
The reading week will run from 23 September and culminate in the national readathon day on 27 September.
Kapapero further said the readathon also seeks to address topical issues plaguing the country, such as the drought.
“It is imperative that while we celebrate reading, we also take time to educate our youth on drought issues,” his statement read.
The education director said during this month, children are encouraged to read good, meaningful books as this will equip them for the challenges they will face in the future.
Kapapero said the official launch of the readathon will take place on 23 September, while an awards ceremony will take place on the last day of the event - 27 September.