Stake­hold­ers dis­cuss strate­gies for the Na­tional Read­ing Year

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To cel­e­brate the 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion had de­clared the year 2015 as the na­tional read­ing year and to maiden this en­deavor to­wards en­hanc­ing read­ing habits amongst the Bhutanese for per­sonal growths in pur­suits of a lit­er­ate, cul­tured and en­light­ened so­ci­ety.

Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tive stake­holder meet­ing, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion dis­cussed their vi­sion, mission, ob­jec­tives and strate­gies. More­over, the Min­istry also de­lib­er­ated on the im­ple­men­ta­tion and way for­ward to make na­tional read­ing year very vi­brant and suc­cess­ful by in­volv­ing all the stake­hold­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the na­tional read­ing pro­gramme, the vi­sion that ev­ery Bhutanese should be an em­pow­ered reader in pur­suit of per­sonal growth and na­tional progress.

While the mission of the na­tional read­ing year is that ev­ery Bhutanese un­der­stands the im­por­tance of read­ing and cul­ti­vates the habits; to de­velop read­ing strate­gies and skills among the Bhutanese pop­u­la­tion; fa­cil­i­tate avail­abil­ity of ap­pro­pri­ate and ad­e­quate read­ing ma­te­ri­als in Bhutan and to en­hance aca­demic learn­ing and cre­ativ­ity in the stu­dents.

The ob­jec­tives of the na­tional read­ing year which states that in the na­tional read­ing pro­gram, the schools de­velop and im­ple­ment spe­cific mea­sur­able at­tain­able rel­e­vant time­bound (SMART) read­ing plans; train teach­ers and strengthen their lan­guage com­pe­ten­cies; en­hance the skills of school li­brar­i­ans; in­volve par­ents and com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion; in­still a spirit of vol­un­teerism amongst

the gen­eral public and cre­ate a buzz on read­ing through me­dia.

Dur­ing the State of the Na­tion Re­port to the Par­lia­ment on 19th June, 2014, the Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay high­lighted var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives to be pur­sued, one of which is “de­vel­op­ing a na­tional read­ing strat­egy so that we can in­cul­cate a healthy read­ing habit.” Ly­onch­hen de­clared 2015 as the na­tional read­ing year to cel­e­brate the 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Sub­se­quently, Ly­onch­hen in­structed the depart­ment of Cur­ricu­lum Re­search and Devel­op­ment (DCRD) un­der the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to frame a Na­tional Read­ing Pro­gram.

The Na­tional Read­ing Pro­gramme fur­ther states that it was rec­om­mended all schools to de­sign a SMART plan that is cre­ative, in­no­va­tive, ap­pro­pri­ate, cost ef­fec­tive and rel­e­vant to the schools’ sit­u­a­tion. While it also states that the plans should be im­ple­mented rig­or­ously and re­viewed to as­sess the suc­cess of the pro­gramme. But while plan­ning, im­ple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing are left to the schools, an an­nual re­port must be shared with the Depart­ment. It hoped that a vi­brant read­ing cul­ture in the schools will re­sult in the over­all im­prove­ment in the stu­dents’ per­for­mance.

A few read­ing sam­ple strate­gies for schools which in­cluded in the na­tional read­ing pro­grams are regular sched­ule for read­ing; DEAR (drop ev­ery­thing and read); ERIC (every­body read in class); guest read­ers and read­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Mean­while, to en­hance read­ing skills of the slow read­ers, in­cul­cate good read­ing habits and pro­mote a spirit of vol­un­teerism, stu­dents in class nine and above in all schools are re­quired to take up so­cially pro­duc­tive work (SUPW) for which they are graded. Be­sides that, stu­dents tak­ing tem­po­rary jobs and vol­un­teer works un­der­taken dur­ing their sum­mer and win­ter va­ca­tion will be cred­ited to their SUPW grade, while con­cern schools also must en­sure that vol­un­teer­ing to read for a few hours to their ju­nior stu­dents and should be en­cour­aged by the school, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional read­ing pro­gramme.

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