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Nghipondoka calls for revival of reading culture

By: Adolf Kaure

The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, says there is an urgent need to revive the reading culture in the country.

Nghipondoka said this during Logos Hope’s official launch on Friday at Walvis Bay.
Logos Hope is the world’s biggest floating book fair, with over 5000 books.
The ship was last in Namibia in 2016.

Nghipondoka  highlighted the importance that reading plays for every Namibian citizen.
The public can buy books in any genre ranging from science, academic, sports, and children’s titles at affordable

“ Read, we have a culture of watching tv and not reading books, or telling ourselves I am busy. I don’t have time to read. Make time to read,at least a chapter after work. It helps a lot. Let’s make it a habit to pick up a book, be it a novel, biography or a poem or a bible. We don’t (even) have time to read our bibles,”remarked  Nghipondoka.

The Henties Bay mayor, Lewies Vermaak, called on local corporate companies to donate to Logos Hope, emphasising the potential benefits for learners in the region.  He stated that there is high rate of illiteracy and stressed that initiative like Logos Hope can make a difference.

The Logos Hope has a play corner for kids and a guest cafe.
With many diverse nationalities represented on board, Logos Hope is a platform for cultural exchange to bring hope. The entrance fee is N$10 for adults and free for children below ten and pensioners.The public has until 21 July to visit the vessel.

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