28 Sep 2019 19:30pm
GOBABIS, 28 SEP (NAMPA) Schools in Gobabis ended the National Readathon Week celebrations with reading and spelling activities here on Friday.
The event is a weeklong reading campaign run by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), and its purpose is to instil reading habits in children and nurture a culture of reading in Namibia.
Readathon 2019 was celebrated under the theme Read Namibia: Combat drought to improve food security. The campaign ran from 23-27 September.
A statement from Omaheke Region Governor, Festus Ueitele, read on his behalf said the theme was specifically chosen as a means to address the current challenge of drought and water scarcity in the country.
Readathon is a strategy to enhance core skills of literacy and numeracy, it is expected to reach every nook and cranny of the country as schools, community organisations, individuals, government institutions and civil society are all bound by a common goal to improve reading in the society, the statement explained.
The same statement was read at the different schools in the region.
Through MoEAC, Namibia annually observes the last week of September as Readathon Week, celebrating all reading activities that learners engage in throughout the year.
In his statement, Ueitele further announced that in 2020 MoEAC will launch a nationwide reading campaign under the theme One Book, One Child as a collaboration platform to network with existing reading initiatives and to mobilise additional capacity to get the nation to read with more emphasis on early school grades.
To celebrate Readathon Day on Friday, Gobabis Primary School held a spelling test competition for the lower primary learners while the upper primary were challenged to a spelling bee.
Speaking at the opening of Nossobville Primary Schools Readathon Day celebration, the principal Hein Husselmann urged learners to care for the environment, saying unconcerned decisions towards the environment can have long-lasting consequences.
Look after the earth and the earth will look after you, said Husselmann.
Nossobville primary concluded their celebration with rain chants by the pre-primary learners as well as the laying down of coins from a fundraiser held by the school for the Omaheke Regional Library.
Learners of Ben van der Walt Primary School celebrated with a short ceremony where they held a presentation on the impact and causes of drought and recited poems about drought.