Kavango East launches national readathon

The 2019 National Readathon 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.

The National Readathon which started on Monday will end on Friday.

Speaking at the official opening of the event the chief education officer Lukas Makayi said the national readathon week is more than just reading a textbook or notes given by your teacher.

Here we are referring to falling in love with reading activities which means reading any book you come across being it fiction or non-fiction, he said.

The research he said has revealed that people who read widely have vast knowledge and are better informed about what is happening in the world.

Makayi said the latest report by the Southern and Eastern African Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality (SACMEQ) indicates that the Namibian children's reading ability is lower compared to other countries in southern and eastern Africa.

This she added is particularly in the junior primary phase as well as senior primary phase.

Henceforth, the readathon week should remind teachers to put more effort into reading and motivate learners to visit their school libraries often, he stressed.

School libraries the chief education officer pointed out are also faced with challenges where they have an acute shortage of books.

The few books that are in the school libraries Makayi noted are old and the information they contain are no longer relevant.

Another challenge is that our libraries are not conducive to read and work from as many are used as storerooms, offices and staff rooms, he stated.

During the readathon week, the Goethe-Institut Namibia in partnership with Namibia Library and Archive Services (NLAS) will run reading workshops for librarians and teachers.

Storytelling sessions for children and other activities to support awareness of reading for young people will also be held.

The readathon 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 readathon.

Source: Namibia Press Agency