Ministry takes National Reading Program to the people

Ministry of Education Science and Technology has taken the National Reading Program (NRP) to the community realizing their role they play in fostering quality education.

NRP aims at improving the reading capability of learners from standard 1 to 4 by, among others, increasing parental and community engagement in supporting a leaner’s improvement.

Education Manager for South West Division, Henry Gwede, said community has a great role to play hence the success of NRP rest also in them.

“Learner’s spend most of the time with their parents at home. Parents therefore need to make homes conducive to learners to practice reading,” he said.

The education manager said this on Monday when he opened a two-day district community mobilization and engagement induction workshop in Blantyre.

Gwede said NRP promotes community involvement in inclusive education where children are given equal chance to learn and succeed regardless of cultural and social economic differences.

“Children with special needs belong to the family and communities. Inclusive education is therefore not only practiced at school but also at home.

NRP is encouraging communities to establish reading centers where children would be practicing how to read after knocking off from school.

The programme is responding to the 2011 the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Equality (SACMEQ) report that ranked Malawi at the bottom of 15 countries in the SADC region with slow and poor acquisition and mastery of reading skill.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.