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Namibia continues to strengthen culture of reading among teachers,learners

By People Daily
Monday, February 24th, 2020
Namibia Library and Archives Services (NLAS) director Sarah Negumbo (R) and Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust Chief Executive Officer Victor Pea display books during a donation ceremony in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Musa C Kaseke)

Namibia is steadily progressing with the aim of imparting a reading culture among teachers and learners through the country's One Book, One Child nationwide reading campaign.

The reading campaign is conceptualized by the country's Education Ministry, through the Directorate Namibia Library and Archives Services (NLAS) and aims to engage the entire country in fostering a reading culture for personal advancement and national development, especially in primary schools.

Speaking at a donation of 400 fictional books for the campaign Thursday in Windhoek, NLAS director, Sarah Negumbo said it has been proven that children who read eventually perform better in school, which leads to more possibilities for success.

"Reading has a powerful effect on our capacity, to learn, to develop and to grow," she said, adding that children should move from the concept of only reading books for information, but also read for fun.

With a shortage of reading books in the country's school libraries, the education ministry embarked on a drive to solicit support from the private sector and partners to acquire books.

Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust CEO, Victor Pea said at the hand-over event Thursday they donated the books as a gesture towards the revival of a reading culture, particularly among primary school learners.

"Part of the funds raised via our trust every year is invested in basic education across the country," he added. (Xinhua)

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