Kazakh Minister of Education Askhat Aimagambetov urged schoolchildren and their parents to pay more attention to reading books, Zakon.kz reports.
He wrote about this on his personal page in one of the social networks.
He said that one of his childhood memories is huge bookcases full of books and a wide variety of literature at home. Aimagambetov recalls how proudly at that time they talked about subscribing to books of a particular series, as well as about the next book they read.
“It is not surprising that I also got carried away and soon re-read the entire home library, and later became a regular reader of the district library. The most common remark in my childhood that I heard was not to read with meals. Later, when I had children, first I read fairy tales to them, and then the eldest son began to read on his own.Starting with fairy tales and short stories, we gradually moved on to other genres: adventure, science fiction and non-fiction.From the fifth grade, my son began to read 30-50 books in year. And then we ourselves began to make a remark to our son – not to be distracted by reading during dinner. The youngest, who still goes to kindergarten, likes to listen to fairy tales, especially modern Kazakh comics, for example, about Erketai and Zhanibek. “Minister of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askhat Aimagambetov
Sharing his experience, the minister noted that children should not be forced to read. It is very important not to put pressure on them, but to instill a love of reading by personal example. The child should see the parents reading. And then there will be interest. In addition, it is important to consider that books influence the character of the child and the formation of values.
According to Aimagambetov, books with a positive storyline instill good habits and give a good upbringing. Therefore, it is necessary to support and introduce children to reading, buy and give them books, visit book exhibitions together.
“Earlier, we published the results of international studies PISA, TIMSS. They show a clear and positive correlation between the joint reading of parents with children and their further academic performance at school. According to the results of the research, those children who have books at home showed better results. Namely Therefore, in 2020, we launched a large-scale republican project “Reading School” to attract schoolchildren to read fiction. I will talk about this project in a separate post.”Minister of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askhat Aimagambetov
The head of the department invites parents to introduce children to reading during the holidays. To make their journey into the world of books always exciting.
He also urged all Kazakhstani schoolchildren to devote as much time as possible to reading books. After all, knowledge is the most valuable asset.