Lungu’s advice on reading culture timely
Published On April 22, 2016 » 1994 Views» By Davies M.M Chanda » Opinion
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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu’s counsel to pupils to develop interest in reading is one of the best advice the children should take seriously as doing so will broaden their opportunities in life.
It is necessary for every person especially child learners to develop great interest in reading because it opens people’s minds.
Reading books will help the pupils to develop stronger analytical thinking skills, have improved focus and concentration.
Reading comes with a lot of benefits which include reducing stress, boredom and idling which can lead young ones to engage in illicit activities such as violence or pushing drugs.
No matter how much stress one may have in life, relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when one reads a good story.
A well-written literature can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
The more children read, the more words they would gain exposed to, and they will inevitably make their way into their everyday vocabulary.
Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that one can speak to higher authorities with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to self-esteem.
It also helps in ones career, as those who are well-read or spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (and more often) than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.
Reading books is also vital for learning new languages, as non-native speakers gain exposure to words used in context, which will ameliorate their speach and writing fluency.
Reading strengthens the brain connections and actually builds new connections.
Through reading, children can learn about people, places and events outside their own jurisdisctions.
They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those around them.
Reading gives one that much needed break from the chaos in life.
It also instills peace within oneself, makes one relax and also exercises the brain in the process.
When one reads a book, it feels great to put oneself into a world the writer has created.
By spending several hours reading a book, one creates a world of oneself in the mind.
This increases imagination power and helps one to think about the ideas more visually.
Depending on what one reads, the reader will come out with the same experience as one who watches a great movie.
Reading books is the best medicine to kill boredom.
Thanks to technology one can easily find good articles to various literature on the internet for those who cannot afford to buy books.
A great article can inspire and motivate children as much as a great book. But the pupils ought to know that it is not how much they read, but what they read which is more important.
It is therefore, imperative that pupils invest their time and resources on reading productive materials unlike using money to buy airtime bundles to surf the internet only to engage in illicit activities such as pornography.
It will be wise that children use internet bundles to read e-books unlike spending on social media on retrogressive activities.

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