Zambia is one of the many countries in southern Africa with a very poor reading culture. Because a large number of school children are unable to read, this naturally has a negative effect on their performance, both every day in the classroom, as well as in assessment tests and exams.
Realising the need to overcome this barrier to learning, the Twabuka Reading Club was launched. By attempting to foster a genuine interest in reading, it aims to supplement the efforts of the government and teachers in advancing and improving reading skills.
At last week’s Reading Club, the students were each studying a different story, depending on their group. The Blue level reading group was looking at a story about the importance of reading. After they had finished the book, the children were asked to give reasons why they thought that reading was important. Their answers demonstrated a competent understanding of what they had read and included the following:
- Reading is fun, with great stories for any age group
- Reading when done at home after house chores is a way for parents and children to share books and enjoy special time together
- When you are able to read, it will help you pass exams
- When you can read, you cannot get lost in town as you can understand road signs