Encouraging young readers

03 September 2019 | Education

Ester Kamati



The One Child, One Book nationwide reading campaign aims to engage the country in hope of developing a reading culture for individual betterment and national development. Bank Windhoek recently came on board in support of the nationwide reading campaign, offering financial support to aid in purchasing more books.

The project is the brainchild of and is supported by the education ministry through the Namibia Library and Archives Services directorate.

It is mainly directed at primary schools. Schools were also provided a reading period to ensure that pupils get the time to read and are monitored to guarantee they utilise the time accordingly.

Through this initiative, fiction and non-fiction books are collected and dispersed to local schools, so learners can experience the thrill of reading. “Bank Windhoek’s contribution will help us develop and succeed in promoting and nurturing a reading culture in our young school children,” said the national reading coordinator Mazinza Ndala.

She added this was only the beginning of a sustainable partnership in education.

“Through this campaign, learners will begin to make effective use of their school and community libraries,” Ndala added.

Children from pre-primary to primary school level are all expected and encouraged to be part of the campaign. It is of vital importance for the learners to have a wide range of choices and be able to find a book that they can relate to and fully enjoy. The partnership with Bank Windhoek is thus a step in the right direction towards achieving this outcome. According to the bank’s sponsorship and events co-ordinator, Suzette January, a 4eading culture promotes good problem-solving skills.

“Reading contributes to national literacy, which empowers our communities to educate themselves and those around them.”

Samuel Linyondi, a corporate communication practitioner at Bank Windhoek, explained the bank’s new role as a partner includes giving an opportunity to all primary school children to reap the benefits of reading.

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