Nationwide reading campaign on Nov 16

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Education (MoE) is organising a nationwide reading campaign on November 16.

Carrying the theme Masyarakat Membaca, Negara Maju Jaya: “Bisaitah Kitani Membaca”, loosely translated as Reading Culture, the campaign is aimed at encouraging people to read and gain knowledge from various resources.

During a press conference held recently, Acting Director of Curriculum Department Hj Abd Rahman Hj Nawi stressed on the importance of reading with regards to children’s academic development.

“We had made the initiative to monitor their reading capabilities (and) that at certain levels, it is a must for them to be able to read,” he said.

“This is because without the ability to read fluently, their academic performances will be greatly affected.”

Reading can also increase students’ ability to comprehend things and be critical-minded, he added.

Meanwhile the department’s acting assistant director, Mazlan Hj Abang, said that there is a difference between being literate and being well-acquainted with reading as a habit.

“One of the ways on how to encourage reading as a habit to the younger generations is through parental examples,” he said.

“Children usually imitate their parents and when their parents read a lot, they will also learn to read a lot,” he said.

“Furthermore, through habitual readings, children’s creativity and innovative levels can also be greatly improved.”

According to Hj Rahman, the reading campaign will also make use of digital reading materials as the ministry wants to encourage young people, particularly students and children to make use of advanced technology.

“There are also efforts being made to publish more local literatures digitally,” said Hj Rahman.

“During the event, a number of students will demonstrate on how to download and read these digital readings content through media devices.”.

Distinguished foreign publishers will also be invited to conduct activities such as a reading test where people’s reading level are measured.

The reading campaign is an initiative made my MoE to support His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam‘s aspiration to make reading a habit among people in every sector of the society as well as to generate a generation with better literacy level.

“This is a positive effort and the impact of promoting the reading culture is enormous,” said Hj Rahman. “Even in Islam, the first word that descends from Allah was ‘Iqra’ which means, ‘read’.”

It is within the hope that the reading campaign will be able to make Brunei a ‘reading’ country, according to Hj Rahman.

This reading campaign initiative is an ongoing process. According to Mazlan, the need to encourage people to read should be relentless.

The campaign will be held simultaneously in all four districts. The one in Brunei-Muara will be held at the Atrium of Airport Mall Berakas; Tutong at Bukit Beruang II Primary School; Belait at Oil and Gas Discovery Centre; and for Temburong it will be held at the Bumiputra Building in Bangar.

Activities for the public include a reading clinic, stage performances, quizzes and lucky draws. There will also be a ‘Reading Society’ Run and Cycle event on January 12.

The Brunei Times