UNIC supports ‘One Child, One Book’ campaign

16 October 2019 | Education

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek handed over books valued at N$12 000 to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), through the Namibia Library and Archive Service (NLAS) this week.
With a shortage of reading books in school libraries, the education ministry embarked on a drive to solicit support from the private sector and partners to acquire books. As a long-standing partner of the ministry, UNIC Windhoek heeded the call and donated the books, which includes a variety of fiction and nonfiction as well as 100 copies of the story book ‘Frieda and the Sustainable Development Goals’, a book produced locally by the UN Centre in Windhoek and now internationally available through UN Publications.
According to Namutenya Hamwaalwa of the NLAS, “The One Child One Book reading campaign is a new project that the Directorate of Library and Archives Service is introducing in a bid to expand and deepen an appreciation of books while engage the whole Namibian community to contribute towards fostering a reading culture in our primary schools.”
Furthermore, she said the campaign aims to promote reading to support the national class ‘reading period’, fight illiteracy and seeks to bring learners, teachers and parents to a realisation of the importance of reading for personal advancement and national development.
“Also, we aim to capacitate language subject advisors, regional librarians, school librarians and teachers on how to conduct the reading period activities.”
She said that UNIC’s contribution to the project is valued as school libraries are fundamental to education. “They offer opportunities for experiences in creating and using information for knowledge, understanding, imagination and enjoyment.”
Handing over the books to the NLAS, Anthea Basson, Head of UNIC Windhoek said, “An early reading culture fosters lifelong learning and enables children to grow into innovative citizens. The habit should be imbibed throughout one’s lifetime.”

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