A reading culture is a set of behavior where reading is not only part of people’s way of life but is also constantly used by a good number of the population to read in order to search for information, seek the truth, look for intellectual pleasure and for the sake of reading as a hobby.
According to Geoffrey Tumwesigye, the librarian Hoima public library, poor reading culture, where people do not value or do not do any reading except to look for a few necessary items, is harmful to the development of the individual and nation.
Tumwesigye adds that Hoima has four community libraries, in Buhimba, Kabwoya and Kitoba and the public libray in Hoima town but all these are not utilized by the public.
Lawrence Bategeka, the Hoima municipal MP says low levels of reading limits innovative and entrepreneurial minds from accessing cutting age information which they need to realise their ambitions, and indirectly through them, those of the given nation they happen to live in.
Bategeka appealed to the youth to put in too much emphasis in reading in order to benefit from oil and gas which was discovered in the region. He said that if they don’t develop the skill of reading they will not benefit from oil because it needs people who went to school and are knowledgeable.
He said “Government has done its work by providing libraries in Albertine region so use it because it’s free of charge. They don’t ask for money when you want to use the library equipment. According to educationists, the low level of reading that many Ugandans suffer from is an indicator of the quality of education the nation has.
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