READING CULTURE IN KENYA

 

reading-culture2Have you heard about schools where it is illegal to be found with novels, biographies or self-help books?  The furthest the students can go with reading beyond the mandatory subjects is reading the specified set books, biographies of leaders in History and the Bible.

What is the rate of the reading culture in Kenya? Kenyans read, but, the reading habits only transcend to educational materials more so when the examinations come calling. Beyond  the classroom walls, a good number, though not good enough take it upon themselves to leaf through a book.

In as much as we would like to point the index finger and blame our education system, there’s so much we can do at a personal level. It’s undeniable that a substantial number of schools insist on reading the curriculum books. Have you heard of schools where it is illegal to be found with novels, biographies or self-help books?  The furthest the students can go with reading beyond the mandatory subjects is reading the specified set books, biographies of leaders in history and the Bible. But when do they think the students will learn to think outside the box, huh? What happened to those library lessons? Everyone around them is screaming, grades, grades, and grades!

What are you doing as a person concerning reading? The Kenya that is not reading is you, and if we take it upon ourselves to be the change we aspire, then we are headed to Canaan. The reading culture is best nurtured and inculcated at a young age so we can encourage our lovely young stars to grab a reading material during such long holidays and weekends. Bear in mind that you can’t preach water and drink from a glass of wine, they need a person to look up to, and you can take it a notch higher and read for and with them. Have a peek at what professor Nato had to say about readingHERE

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A casual laborer reading in Ngara  footbridge. What is your excuse?

 

One common mistake we make is to pick a random book to read; most people end up not finishing a book and asserting reading as boring. You must be well conversant with what captures your attention, if you love fashion, for instance, one can be sure not to put the reading material down once you commence reading. This applies to kids as well, start with journals with content they prefer and with time you can broaden the library. Reading is not restricted to books; the sources are limitless from magazines to relevant blog posts. Let us feed our brains as much as we feed our stomachs. Reading makes all other learning possible. We have to get books into our children’s hands early and often. Barack Obama.

Challenge yourself to start reading today. Start with a page a day and add more with time, click on a blog that has content that excites you, I hope I didn’t encourage someone to camp on a betting site, grab that magazine about farming or read the economics articles on the daily. Everyone is a reader; some just haven’t found the right book  yet.

 

When you finally find a book that suits you.

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4 Comments

  1. The guys in pink at the end made me laugh. 😊

  2. shuhhy

    I agree reading should be cultivated right from the tender ages and as they grow they’ll never depart from that.

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