Reading is a way of communication through which most formal learning happens. The reader has to understand a written language and respond to the message of the author. When reading, you predict, think, evaluate, question, define, and redefine at the same time.
According to studies, there is lack of a reading culture is most Kenyan school. The observation is that the Kenyan culture encourages people to spend their leisure time in recreational places, sporting activities, and religious sites. Kenyan citizens are the most educated in the east and central Africa. Despite most Kenyans being literate, they lack consistent and robust reading culture compared to most developed nations.
Improving reading culture in Kenya
Reading culture is a way meant to make reading popular with the public in general and ensure reading is a lifetime hobby. However, it needs joined efforts since it has been associated with the involvement of publishing firms to make their work pleasingly to meet the taste of the end users.
Create an adequate distribution network that includes libraries, bookstores, and newspaper deliveries. Communities also need to aspire to a much more proactive reading culture so that the younger generation can follow suit.
Parents and guardians should be role models and should provide an environment where people encourage and appreciate reading.
Teachers should know how to communicate their passion for reading and maintain meaningful conversations about their books in their classes.
Every person needs to take some responsibility in promoting a reading culture in a bid to achieve the end goal. Parents might have to turn off the TV periodically.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
Education sector needs to offer a good information infrastructure. This will form a solid base that information services can develop and promote reading habit.
In conclusion, Kenya would be a great nation if people focused on reading as they focus on politics or sporting activities. Reading is one of the few ways to spend time positively while gaining knowledge.