KCCA, US Ambassador Join forces to Promote Reading Culture

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This will be part of the celebration of the annual Drop Everything And Read day, also known as D.E.A.R day. The events seek to prompt people of all ages to make reading a regular part of their routine and that reading becomes a priority activity for all age groups.

The United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac will join Kampala Capital City Authority directors in schools around the city, as part of the activities to promote a reading culture among children.

This will be part of the celebration of the annual Drop Everything And Read day, also known as D.E.A.R day. The events seek to prompt people of all ages to make reading a regular part of their routine and that reading becomes a priority activity for all age groups.

It is celebrated annually on April 12 in honour of Beverly Cleary, an American award-winning author of some of the world's favourite children books. Her first book was published in 1950. However, in Uganda, D.E.A.R day is commemorated on March, 15. The literacy activity aims at promoting a reading culture which will, in turn, contribute to the country's development.

Everyone in the country is expected to take 20 minutes off their time to read any publication to commemorate the day at 11:00 am on Thursday. Schools will also be expected to spare 20-minutes on the day, to encourage children to read a book.

Juliet Namuddu, the Director for Education and Social Services at KCCA, says all directors and deputy directors at KCCA will visit schools and read for children to mark the national reading day. US ambassador, Deborah Malac who will be accompanied by KCCA Deputy Executive Director, Sam Sserunkuma will commemorate the reading day at Kitante Primary School.

 Namuddu says this will be an exciting way of celebrating the reading day and encouraging school children to read.
 
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She says KCCA is committed to improving the reading culture among school children. Namuddu says reading is critical for the academic success of pupils because it helps children to comprehend what is taught. Namuddu further says parents should promote reading culture by purchasing books for their children instead of for instance buying toys for them.
 
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However, Namuddu warns that parents and schools should vet content that children read. Whereas books supplied by Ministry of Education are vetted by National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), Namuddu says books donated by other people to schools should be scanned to ensure that they don't contain materials that promote immorality or is detrimental to Uganda cultures.
 
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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.