By Alexia Bizumuremyi.
Every year in September, Rwanda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the International Literacy Day, which is very paramount in children’s education and root of development for human beings.
Themed ‘Reading and Writing in different languages is a source of knowledge’, the Day was celebrated in Nyamagabe District at Nyagisenyi Stadium on Sunday, September 8, 2019, recalling everyone’s role to promote early reading and writing culture among children.
Children who succeeded the writing competition by Andika Rwanda were given awards and shared the importance of reading and writing at early age.
Andika Rwanda is a national competition for writing stories and poems for children. All Rwandan students in primary and secondary and adults can participate.
Dominic Savio Benimana, a senior 2 student at Mburabuturo said that reading and writing is his current talent since he started reading and writing short stories and illustrations when he was in primary school.
“Reading and writing helped me to succeed other lessons in class, what I can tell children is to participate in reading and writing as I found it very important for the future education in advanced classes and in all lessons,” he said.
Sophie Iratwumva, a senior 2 student at Mater-Dei Mbuga in Nyamagabe District said that the literacy day helps children to boost their talents in Reading and writing.
Dr Isaac Munyakazi, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education recalled parents to reinforce the love of reading and writing among children by buying them the books and assist them in reading.
The Minister of Sport and Culture Dr. Nyirasafari Espérance urged Rwandans in general to speak clearly Kinyarwanda as a mother language, starting from children at school and at home. She said that a language is a fundamental need for human beings. Nyirasafari has read a story for children who attended to the event in Nyamagabe District.
The International Literacy Day was celebrated along with the literacy month that started in Rwanda from September 8, 2019 to end on October 7, 2019.
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