On Friday 8th September, Rwanda had joined the rest of the World in Celebrating International Literacy Day 2017 in making another effort to develop and foster a culture of reading among children and adults in Rwanda.
The writers and experts emphasized that most Rwandans do not find interest in reading because they are not aware of the advantages associated with it considering historical context and oral communication.
Eric Nuwagaba is a writer of Highland Publishes Ltd that writes stories for children for primary school lever and upper, argues that reading culture helps kids to widen their knowledge.
He said “It keeps them away from bad characters and the reading culture should begin from home where parents have responsibility to buy reading materials”.
Havugimana John Bosco, Managing director of Rise and Shine Publishers Ltd emphasized that in Rwanda society there is a predominance of oral communication in people’s daily interactions, which makes people rely on oral sources for their information and communication
He said “It’s very difficult task to motivate young people to reading culture while we don’t have it as parents”.
Yves Kana is a Music Coordinator at Ready for Reading a project based in Eastern Province where they established a public library that serves the community especially children. He asserted that a huge number of parents who know neither reading nor writing is hindering reading culture.
“The first challenge is that the number of illiterate people is huge especially in the Eastern province. If parents don’t read, it will not be easy for children to get motivation from them”. Yves Kana said
Eric Mahoro, Director of programs at Never Again Rwanda said much has done by Rwandan government in Partnership with USAID to showcase the value of reading and pass it on to the younger generation by bringing reading materials.
Mahoro added “There are more activities that engage young people especially children by providing materials. It is necessary to have materials to read.
Eric Mahoro reiterated the role of the government in patnership with USAID Rwanda are insuring that materials are being distributed in public and private schools and also establish community libraries that will motivate Rwandans to read and write their own stories.