Prince Seeiso calls for read­ing cul­ture

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PRINCE Seeiso Bereng Seeiso has called on Ba­sotho to adopt a read­ing cul­ture in or­der to be well in­formed and in­crease their knowl­edge. The royal made the call at the World Book and Copy­right Day com­mem­o­ra­tions in Mat­sieng on Fri­day. He said that a read­ing cul­ture was ex­tremely im­por­tant to cre­ate a k n o wl e d g e - able well-in­formed na- tion rather than one that sim­ply stud­ied to pass ex­am­i­na­tions.

Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso also called upon the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to en­sure books were read­ily ac­ces­si­ble and en­joy­able for learn­ers.

Le­sotho Na­tional Com­mis­sion for United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNESCO) Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Palesa Monts’i echoed Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso’s sen­ti­ments, adding, the coun­try should strive to pro­mote the read­ing cul­ture among young peo­ple and un­der­priv­i­leged mem­bers of so­ci­ety as a way of spread­ing knowl­edge and in­spir­ing them.

Royal Archives Board chair­per­son, Te­fetso Moth­ibe said books were valu­able sources of knowl­edge that should be trea­sured. He said the Royal Archives and Mu­seum con­tained sev­eral in­for­ma­tive doc­u­ments for the ben­e­fit of Ba­sotho and the rest of the world.

UNESCO Com­mis­sion chair­per­son, Pro­fes­sor Matšeliso Moshoeshoe-Chadz­ingwa said books were im­por­tant for ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural, de­vel­op­ment and sci­en­tific progress, adding Ba­sotho should visit li­braries and use the in­ter­net for ac­cess to read­ing ma­te­rial.

For his part, the head­mas­ter of Mahloenyeng High School, Mr Nts’up­uoa Lephoto said schools should be equipped with li­braries to en­able learn­ers to ac­cess books.

He also said tech­ni­cal gad­gets like mo­bile phones were also use­ful and should there­fore be al­lowed in schools with the nec­es­sary con­trol mea­sures to en­sure they ben­e­fit­ted stu­dents in learn­ing.

Mean­while, the Le­sotho Na­tional Com­mis­sion for UNESCO handed over an in­ter­net fa­cil­ity and two com­put­ers to the Royal Ar­chive at the com­mem­o­ra­tions.

The World Book and Copy­right Day is cel­e­brated an­nu­ally on 23 April in re­mem­brance of the deaths of ma­jor au­thors, Wil­liam Shake­speare and Miguel de Cer­vantes.

Through this day, UNESCO also seeks to pro­mote read­ing, pub­lish­ing and the pro­tec­tion of copy­right. — LENA

prinCe Seeiso Bereng Seeiso.

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