Rwanda’s Reading culture campaign receives more support


Prime Minister Erna Solberg third from right guiding school children at the

Prime Minister Erna Solberg third from right guiding school children at the

As Rwanda moved from the Franco- phone to Anglo-sphere, the government is working around the clock to promote access to literacy through the reading culture campaigns.

Reading is a foundational skill upon which the rapidity and sustainability of Rwanda’s development will depend, according to the government’s plan.

To propel literacy skills drive, students alongside the communities are given access to more materials through the creation of libraries.

On the 3 July 2014, the Prime Minister of Norway Madam Erna Solberg launched another ‘UN MDGs Thank You Small Library ’ (TYSL) at Groupe Scolaire Kacyiru II in Gasabo district .

The Thank You Small Library initiative consists in establishing small libraries in communities where children do not have easy access to reading and studying facilities to provide students with both educational and entertainment opportunities through the enjoyment of reading.

Under, UN World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation in the framework of its commitment to the achievemt of the Millenium Development Goals , and particularly MDG2 – to achieve Universal Primary Education.

Solberg emphasized on books considering them as one of the best investments one can make to improve learning. “The joy of reading is a joy of learning”.

Currently, there are three TYSL in Rwanda including in Mayange, Eastern province, G.S Kacyiru II, Kigali and one Adult Library in UR, College of Business and Economics, Kigali.

In 2012, the government launched Rwanda Reads, a four-year initiative that aims to develop a culture of reading expected to achieve the objectives of Vision 2020 by empowering the citizens of Rwanda to independently seek and access print materials.

Partners including publishers, religious leaders, the Rwanda Reads partnership hope that the capacity of local publishers, booksellers and librarians to produce and disseminate books will also be strengthened.

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