The National, Wednesday 5th September, 2012
By ROSELYN ELLISON
NATIONAL Book Week was launched by Education Vice-Minister Gusuwat Siniwin on Monday at Kusambuk Primary School in the Yangoru-Saussia District, East Sepik.
Siniwin told the national and provincial education officials, teachers, students and parents, at the ceremony that he would like to see that the development of libraries in this country encouraged, promoted and resourced well or sustained with adequate funding through partnership.
This year’s book week theme is “Reading through Partnership”.
“As a former school principal, I have always supported and encouraged reading from books using school libraries.”
He said reading skills have long been accepted as a vital component of the educational process, not only in a child’s formative years but throughout life.
“National Book Week this year is organised with the aim of promoting reading among children and families,” Siniwin said.
“Book Week will also emphasise establishment of school and Provincial Public Libraries.
“I would like to also see that our provincial libraries revived and in full operation to serve not only the public but school children and researchers.”
Siniwin also marked the ground breaking ceremony for the new school library building at Kusambuk Primary School.
A total of K150,000 was committed for the building project by East Sepik provincial government under an education grant.