| Wani Roslan |
PARENTS need to play their role in cultivating the reading culture and motivate their children from a young age. The reading habit can be implemented by setting up a reading space or room for the family to spend their reading time.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah pointed this out yesterday during the Brunei Book Fair and Empowering Reading Culture Carnival 2015.
The minister noted that the theme of the carnival, ‘Buku Bacalah!’, is in line with the Brunei Vision 2035, in developing the community’s knowledge in numerous areas, thereby creating a nation that is highly-skilled, knowledgeable and innovative.
To further encourage the love of reading, parents need to sit down with their children and implement the Reading Aloud Method and also bring them to nearby libraries, he added.
“The event will further cultivate the reading culture and increase the literacy rate among the people of Brunei,” he explained.
He also lauded efforts by the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) in awarding prizes to best-selling books and best publications, which has been done since 2012’. This, he hopes, will further bring positive impact to the growth of literacy rate.
“For long-term activity, DBP needs to organise Reading Day events on a larger scale by involving government and non-government organisations, as well as mukims, villages and privates agencies,” he added.