Africa seems to be gravitating more to watching than reading. In the latest study conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa, reading used to be rampant, but it is slowly dying a natural death. In countries like South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and so on, there is a very steady decline in the way people read their newspaper. Books are not being spared either. This is making the 15-year-olds in Africa slip down the world literacy rankings, even though they rank among the fastest improving in the developing countries for science and mathematics. There are fewer African students at the apex of reading.Halfpriced Books is the Best and Largest Retail Store for Used Books in Kenya
In the study about Reading culture in Africa, culture has made girls fall behind boys in literature, which affects the gains made in the past ten years. In order to cultivate a Reading culture in Africa, the African Union Commission signed an MoU with the African Library and Information Association and Institutions to create collaboration between them. This strategic move will improve the sustainable development of the continent through revolution skills and education. This collaboration is meant to enhance the reading culture in Africa and improve the human intellectual capital by providing the necessary resources. Africa is behind the rest of the world in terms of literacy. Radio is the most relied on of medial platform while the television is watched by anyone who can access it every day.
How can the Reading culture in Africa be revived?
The provision of libraries in schools and communities is important and possible. These libraries are resource centers where information can be rendered to users. The ideal setting of the libraries is to provide the best means of physical and bibliographic access to information sources. Putting up well-stocked and appropriately, staffed libraries will enhance not only the basic reading skills amongst youth and children but also a reading culture.
Schools may have the textbooks for the units taught, but mobile libraries can have tons of books for recreational reading. If mobile libraries can be distributed across the countries in urban areas as well as isolated communities, people might get back to their reading culture. The pillars of Africa’s development as a continent in political, social, and economic front is rooted in the literacy levels. It is the high time that African demystified the notion that they do not read books. Reading helps in dealing with the complexities of the world and helps in understanding the issues facing the people, especially with the lines of communication.