24 Sep 2019 11:40am
RUNDU, 24 SEP (NAMPA) The 2019 National Readathon Week was officially launched here on Tuesday by the Directorate of Education Library Services in the Kavango East Region under the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
Speaking at the official opening of the event, Chief Education Officer, Lukas Makayi, said the national Readathon Week involves more than just reading textbooks or notes given by teachers.
Here we are referring to falling in love with reading activities which means reading any book you come across, be it fiction or non-fiction, he said.
Research has revealed that people who read widely have a vast knowledge and are better informed about what is happening around the world, he added.
Makayi said the latest report by the Southern and Eastern African Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality (SACMEQ) indicates that the Namibian childrens reading ability is lower compared to other countries in southern and eastern Africa.
This, he added, is particularly the case in the junior primary and senior primary phases.
Henceforth, the Readathon Week should remind teachers to put more effort into reading and motivate learners to visit their school libraries often, he stressed.
During the Readathon Week, the Goethe-Institut Namibia, in partnership with Namibia Library and Archive Services, will run reading workshops for librarians and teachers.
Story-telling sessions for children and other activities to support awareness of reading for young people will also be held.
The Readathon Week is held under the theme Read Namibia: Combat drought to improve food security.
Close to 300 learners from 10 schools in the region are taking part in the event, which started on Monday will end on Friday.