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#403084 - 03/24/11 09:34 AM Campaign To Encourage Reading
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And while that prominent educator has launched a new book, who will read it? Sad but true, in the age of the electronic everything, the art of book-reading is falling by the wayside.

And that's why the Belize National Library Service has launched a national campaign to encourage reading in children at all levels. To mark the launch of the reading initiative, the Special Envoy for Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow was invited to read to a group of school children today.

Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy for Children
"The Focus is indeed to get our children reading again, and not only in schools, but at home. The focus is also to get more parents involved getting their kids to read. I think that we all should be reading at least one book for the week with our children. We all know the statistics that once you read to a child, especially when fathers read to their children, that really improves their educational standard. So it's so important and I am really happy to be collaborating with the National Library on this initiative."

Today's launching of the Will You Read Campaign seeks to encourage parents, religious leaders, educators, and other influential members of the community to read to children.

Channel 7

#403085 - 03/24/11 09:35 AM Re: Campaign To Encourage Reading [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Will you read? Campaign launched

The Belize National Library Service and Information System held a series of events to mark its seventy-fifth anniversary. All the activities were focused on promoting reading, especially among children and today a campaign called “Will You Read” was launched. The initiative started in Belize City and will move on to the districts as the library encourages adults to read to their children. Chief Librarian Joy Ysaguirre says they will also feature locally written books and stories.

Joy Ysaguirre, Chief Librarian, Belize National Library Service

“It is called a “Will You Read” campaign and it is going to go, hopefully around Belize. Perhaps every month we will do another district and the whole purpose of it is to simulate reading amongst our very young and within our primary schools.”

Delahnie Bain

“And this will feature different readers at the different stops?”

Joy Ysaguirre

Joy Ysaguirre

“Most definitely, we’re hoping to identify notable persons in each community to please read for the kids.”

Delahnie Bain

“And you have your first reader here today at the launch.”

Joy Ysaguirre

“Yes, we have Mrs. Kim Simpliss Barrow and her daughter present here today and especially given its child stimulation month, we have targeted pre-school children to entertain today.”

Delahnie Bain

“How long is this campaign expected to last?”

Joy Ysaguirre

“Perhaps not more than six or seven months and what we’re pushing are the books that came out of the story writing competition; the stories that came out of the story writing competition that we launched last month. So we’re pushing those stories which are basically Belizeans stories and written by Belizeans. And we want to show that there’s a common interest, that the children can identify with who are our writers and hopefully understand out of all of this that reading is something that is there for pleasure.”

Channel 5


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