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Promoting reading among children

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Children’s Corner with PANIC CHILUFYA
LAST Monday April 23, was World Book Day also known as International Day of the Book; it is a wonder how many people in Zambia knew about it especially the young.
This day which has been celebrated since 1995 is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
These days, most children and young people have a challenge with reading, writing or speaking as they do not read enough although English is the country’s official language. It is sad to note that the culture of reading is no longer encouraged in most institutions of learning; as was the case previously when pupils were encouraged to read at least one book every week in order to polish up reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills.
Teachers made it a point to reward keen and outstanding readers as a way of motivating those who were not so enthusiastic about it.
This is because teachers appreciated the importance of reading as a way of positively developing the minds of young learners. Before children could even read, they were given pictorial books and were encouraged to tell their own story based on the pictures.
Only then could they begin to learn to write after they had mastered the art of reading.
Teaching young children to read will help them to develop creative thinking, language skills and enhance their communicating skills.
Once they understand and adopt the importance of making reading as part of the lifestyle, the country this will certainly see a reduction in cases of violence and anti-social behaviour that communities are currently subjected to.
Keeping children and young busy by encouraging them to read or writing will definitely leave most of them with little time to get up to mischief which is currently not the case.
Remember, children are our future, until next week, take care.
For comments: pcmalawochilufya@yahoo.com

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