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5th National Reading Day: “Reading for cognitive development, research and innovation”

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(Center) Hang Choun Naron, the Education Minister delivering a speech at a press conference at the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports on Monday. KT/Srey Kumneth

This Friday (Mar 6) the Kingdom will be hosting the 5th National Reading Day to promote reading culture among every citizen under the annual theme, “Reading for cognitive development, research and innovation”.

Speaking at a press conference for the event at the Ministry of Education yesterday morning, Dr Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education Youth and Sports said that researching ancient inscriptions and using technology in education will be introduced for the National Reading Day 2020.

“Last year, we put Khmer literature as our theme. This year, we are going to promote researching of inscription, something that is a national heritage,” said Dr Naron.

“And as we acknowledge that we no longer practice reading on paper anymore, we have turned to technology as a tool for reading, and along with our goal of digital education, we also want to introduce innovation as a part of the event as well,” he said.

Dr Naron said that reading skills has been strongly promoted since the educational reform over the last several years. This has been assisted with previously held events such as the Cambodia Book Fair and National Reading Day.

The National Reading Day is celebrated on Mar 11 to mark the birthday of Samdach Chuon Nath, the founder of the Khmer dictionary. As per previous years, the National Reading Day 2020 will take place at the Institute of Technology in Cambodia (ITC).

This year, the event will host three major programmes, the book fair and workshop from Mar 6 – 8 at ITC, reading, poem recital, and writing competition and the celebration of National Reading Day on Mar 11 at ITC.

The education minister said that the book fair programme on the launching day is expected to have 104 booths presented by junior and senior writers and local publishing houses.

Dr Naron said that on Mar 8, there will be a workshop on primary reading skills presented by experienced teachers that will share the benefit and how-to promotion of primary reading to children. The workshop is for parents and children to explore how to help children gain a greater interest in reading.

On launch day, there will also be a lecture on “Pre-Angkorian and Post-Angkorian literature based on inscriptions” so people can discover the history of Khmer literature.

According to Dr Naron, the National Reading Day 2020 will also be held in some provinces for the first time starting from Mar 6 to 15 with various activities to promote reading.

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