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Book Reading Culture Growing In Parwan

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) With Afghanistan’s educated class growing rapidly over the past one and half decade while education resources remain scarce, there is a need for functioning libraries across the country.
Following is the interview with Parwan Director of Information and Culture on the occasion of book reading week: 
Q: Would you give us information about book reading culture in Parwan?
A: However social media such as facebook, twitter, Instagram etc. have considerably grown in Afghanistan, but still majority of Afghans, particularly in northern Parwan province are interested to read books.
Head of Parwan information and culture department AbdulWahid Hashimi told The Kabul Times, book reading culture has unprecedently grown in Parwan and the number of visitors of Parwan Public Library has reached to 4344, 1448 of whom have already been registered.
He said, ‘since 1350 solar year, there is only one public library in Parwan province, where enjoys 3000 volumes of books and two study desks along with 20 chairs.’
He added the number of visitors defers daily, but averagely, 20 people visit the library each day whom include youth, scientists, writers, university and school students and children.
On book fairs and book reading culture he said, ‘Annually, to mark book day and book reading week, the provincial department of information and culture holds book exhibition in the province.’
‘We annually launch two book reading competitions and organize an exclusive program through local TVs and Radios,’ he further said.
Each time, during book reading competitions, over 700 people participate, 40 percent of whom would be young girls, he went on to say.
Parwan information and culture department has always made effort to encourage the youth to read books, as the first, second and third positions have been awarded by the department, he continued.
Replying a question he said, ‘Children are rarely seen to visit the library, because it depends to their families and schools to encourage them to reading books and the teachers should also provide the ground for their students to visit the library.’
He believes that children should start reading books since childhood and it is merit to mention that if we want to improve book reading culture, we need to provide a calm environment.
In fact, one of the reasons has caused the youth to get distance from reading, has been poverty—a great challenge in the country.  About his department’s future plans, he said, ‘We have many plans to promote book reading culture in Parwan, and we ask the relevant in-charges, national traders, government and private  donors to pay serious heed in this regard.’ There are many challenges before book reading culture, a few of which include lack of a proper place to study, lack of books in different sections and a proper place to children, he said.   ‘We are working on it to have a better library in Parwan to draw more youth and children,’ he added.

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