Na­tional Read­ing Year

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

His Majesty the King launched the Na­tional Read­ing year 2015 in De­cem­ber last year ini­ti­ated by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion with an aim to cul­ti­vate a read­ing habit among our chil­dren. The Na­tional read­ing year is ded­i­cated to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo as a par t of His Majesty’s 60th Birth An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

As the noble ini­tia­tive launched by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­quires the sup­port of fam­i­lies, teach­ers and the me­dia to build a vi­brant read­ing cul­ture in Bhutan and the min­istry has planned sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year, geared to­wards this end.

Par­ents play im­por­tant roles in the ed­u­ca­tion of their child. Read­ing with the child for a few min­utes will have a long time im­pact on the child which will be ben­e­fi­cial through­out the life. The par­ents must en­cour­age their child to give an early start and be the in­ti­mate part­ner in the ed­u­ca­tion of the child. Few things like the bed time sto­ries which the child love would sup­ple­ment the teacher’s job in school and con­tri­bu­tion of the ed­u­ca­tion of the child. The par­ents can also en­cour­age their child to read for them. It is ap­pre­ci­ate that the par­ents should cre­ate regular time ta­ble for their child to read their fa­vorite story aloud to their par­ents. The par­ents can also help the child to read by switch­ing off the tele­vi­sion set.

The teacher can plan var­i­ous read­ing strate­gies in the schools to make read­ing more con­ducive. The teacher can al­ways de­velop read­ing skills in the child by in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity. Fur­ther the em­pha­sis must be child based and by not just fol­low­ing the al­ready given cur­ricu­lum de­vel­oped by the Min­istry. The teacher should play an im­por­tant role in mak­ing the school child friendly. The teacher can al­ways help the stu­dents in se­lect­ing or rec­om­mend ap­pro­pri­ate books based on their skills and in­ter­est. Sim­ple strate­gies in read­ing will help strug­gling read­ers in flu­ency, oral read­ing, pro­nun­ci­a­tion and com­pre­hen­sion.

The school also plays an im­por­tant in en­cour­ag­ing a child read­ing habit. Pro­cure­ment of good li­brary books and qual­i­fied li­brar­i­ans may be some of the sug­ges­tions the school needs to take care. The school can ded­i­cate sep­a­rate class for the stu­dents to read li­brary books and in­clude read­ing as one of the com­po­nents in the an­nual per­for­mance agree­ments. The school can also main­tain a log book in or­der to keep record ev­ery month of the num­ber of books read by the stu­dent. The school can or­ga­nize read­ing com­pe­ti­tion amongst the stu­dents and visit the book fair hav­ing in the lo­cal­ity.

As re­marked by His Majesty the King dur­ing the launch of the Na­tional Read­ing Year that we must read not just sub­jects that in­ter­est us but must learn about cur­rent af­fairs , his­tory , science , cul­ture and peo­ple around the world and the pur­suit of knowl­edge must be life­long.

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