National Reading Year
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.