Rwanda : Promote the reading culture; Nyanza people cautioned
Parents and teachers in Nyanza district have been requested to promote early reading habits among children as a way to promote the reading culture in Rwanda.
In a bid to improve the reading culture, The Ministry of Education, Rwanda Education Board (REB) and the Imbuto foundations recently launched a reading development campaign called ‘Rwanda Reads” whose 2012 theme is “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.” This campaign was launched in Nyanza district.
The participating parents and teachers were asked to help children improve their reading skills through providing sources of information such as novels, magazines and newspapers.
It is estimated that 70 per cent of Rwandans are illiterate. To fight illiteracy, Rwanda put different measures for example; in primary schools, children in the early grades (P1-4) benefit from revised teacher trainings, more reading materials.
Literacy instruction for adults, children of pre-primary age (ECCD), and out of school youth, will be examined. The capacity of local publishers, booksellers and librarians will be built.