Ready to read

30 September 2019 | Education

Schools in Gobabis ended the National Readathon Week with reading and spelling activities in the town on Friday. The event is a weeklong campaign run by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) to instil reading habits in children and nurture a culture of reading in Namibia.
Readathon 2019 was celebrated under the theme ‘Read Namibia: Combat drought to improve food security’.
To celebrate the day, Gobabis Primary School held a spelling test for the lower primary learners while the upper primary were challenged to a spelling bee.
Speaking at the opening of Nossobville Primary School’s Readathon Day, principal Hein Husselmann urged learners to care for the environment, saying unconcerned decisions towards the environment can have long-lasting consequences. “Look after the earth and the earth will look after you,” he said.
Nossobville primary concluded their celebration with rain chants by the pre-primary learners as well as the laying down of coins from a fundraiser held by the school for the Omaheke Regional Library.
Learners of Ben van der Walt Primary School celebrated with a short ceremony where they held a presentation on the impact and causes of drought and recited poems about drought.
Looking ahead, the MoEAC announced that in 2020 it will launch a nationwide reading campaign under the theme ‘One Book, One Child’ as a collaborative platform to network with existing reading initiatives and to mobilise additional capacity to get the nation to read with more emphasis on early school grades. – Nampa

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