Reading tent opens in Kampala
By Catherine Tamale

HUNDREDS of children Thursday attended the reading tent at Garden city in Kampala. 

The event has many related activities under the banner of providing reading, storytelling, drawing, painting, and other activities to help promote reading among children specifically in primary and lower secondary schools.

“We want to encourage children to read with pleasure and relaxation without being forced to read," said the Uganda Children’s writers and illustrators association (UCWIA) chairperson, Evangeline Ledi Barongo.

Evangeline also noted that children will also make some handwork from banana fibre.
“Every child should have the opportunity to learn how to read and listen to storytelling because the reading as a culture can actually enrich children’s views to life, teach them about self-identity , morals and the beauty of African culture in an interesting and colorful way,’’ Barongo said. 
The event hosts 32 schools with 30 children each. 

She added that the children will engage in silent reading, read-aloud, marathons, spellings and word identification, storytelling story writing, painting and bookmaking.
At the end of the reading tent, copies of the published children storybooks by Ugandan authors will be donated to each school to enable them establish school libraries with substantial collections of local story books. 

The reading tent is one of National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU) activities aimed at promoting a reading culture in Uganda since 1997 and the event has been sponsored by children international. 

The ministry of public service has also displayed the national Archives which have got correspondence files of the earliest records as far as 1888 covering activities of The British Imperial East African Company and other notable records of the former kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro and Busoga territory.
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Finally, someone is thinking straight. Its great to know that our children need to learn and appreciate African culture and traditions other than living hypothetical lives that perpetuate neocolonialism. Spot-on Madam Barongo.
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