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Mobile Libraries to Promote Reading Culture

The Ministry of Education is set to rollout the national mobile library to enhance reading culture among the populace.

The new culture, which is being co-advocated for with the Rwanda Education Board, comes after the distribution of reading materials for the community in different sectors that started this year.

Joyce Musabe, the deputy director general in the Rwanda Education Board, in an interview with The New Times, said they are signing contracts with publishers to deliver reading and other learning and teaching materials to schools through mobile libraries.

“We are planning to make the national launch of mobile libraries in Gicumbi district in the near future. Actually, for the community, we are now counting eight mobile libraries based in sectors of Nyaruguru, Gicumbi, Nyamagabe, Ngororero, Ngoma, Kayonza and Bugesera districts. Each mobile library is equipped with 1,200 books,” she said.

Efforts to shape reading culture

The distribution of the materials is part of the Rwanda Reads (REB), an initiative launched in July last year to improve the reading culture that is still low in the country. REB has also reviewed and updated a strategic framework for enhancing reading among the populace.

“The strategic framework was designed to be validated by different stakeholders after different groups were formed to coordinate activities of the initiative. The groups have already met to elaborate tasks to achieve this year in the area of promoting reading culture among Rwandans,” Musabe said.

The board has also elaborated the national reading standards, an important document to guide in monitoring and evaluation of reading. The school-based mentoring programme to support enhanced literacy instructions, have also been elaborated.

Months after the Kigali Public Library was opened, the turn up is still appalling. Now the management of the library is seeking to create more awareness and sensitisation of the public.

According to Marie Claire Mukashayaka, the teen and adult service librarian at the public library, Rwandans are yet to make resourceful use of the public library.

“We have seen few adults come to read at this library. Students make majority of the users of the library, I think it is because it is the first public library in the country,” she said.

Access to the public library in Kacyiru, Gusabo district, is free, though other services such as using the Internet require subscription.

The poor reading culture has not only affected use of public library, but even bookshops. A salesperson in Librairie Ikirezi in Kigali, who did not want to be identified, told this newspaper that a few Rwandans have started purchasing reading materials-major buyers are institutions and ministries.

“We mostly sale books to foreigners here, but recently a few Rwandans have come to buy books and I think this will improve with time,” the salesperson said.

Moments in Showbiz That Made News 2012

The past year will remain truly memorable in the lives of Rwandans, especially where the entertainment industry was concerned.

Some events were important for the progress of the trade while others were damaging. Celebrity romances gone bad, exclusive rivalries between musicians, bad blood between some artistes and sections of the media, and posh celebrity weddings. These and many more events earned a considerable share of media coverage and also became the centre of gossip around town.

Some of the particular aspects in the lives of celebrities/socialites that attracted a lot of attention in the year 2012 are highlighted below:

Former Miss Rwanda, Bahati Grace’s surprise pregnancy

This news was received with utter shock. The fact that this happened before wedlock, yet she was a respected public figure, was perceived as setting a bad example to the younger generation. More so because she was expected to be a role model to many young girls. Many predicted that she would be stripped of her crown but this didn’t come to pass, although she didn’t get to had over the crown to the current Miss Rwanda.

Lick Lick Vs other artistes

Immediately after his departure to the U.S in January 2012, controversy followed- Jay Polly came out and claimed Lick Lick owed him Rwf1.5m. Before long, while in the U.S, he fell out with a female rapper, Paccy, who is the mother to his kid. This all started after Lick Lick allegedly publically called her a “fool”.

The grudge between Jay Polly and some sections of the media

Around September 2012, rapper Jay Polly became exceptionally vocal, with unkind words targeting media houses that were critical of his music and conduct. And this wasn’t well received by some in the media fraternity who, in turn, dragged him to court while others vowed not to give his music any airplay.

Songs spotlighted for having indecent lyrics

Some lyrics received criticism from members of the public and the Ministry of Culture for containing explicit content. Some of the songs that gained a lot of notoriety were ‘Bagupfusha Ubusa’ by DJ Zizou featuring All Stars and ‘Umukaraza’ by Riderman.

Many pointed out that some music had diverted from its cardinal principle of offering moral lessons to becoming a podium for spreading obscenity and offensive language. However, custodians of these songs responded by arguing that music, being a platform for expression, they had the right to put across whatever they wished.

Bad blood between DJ Adams and artistes

2012 also saw a number of musicians come at logger heads with a local radio presenter known as DJ Adams (he has since left his job at City Radio) who they accused of repeatedly “unfairly judging” their music. Singer Tom Close, more than once, had bitter exchanges with him over the radio because of the issue.

Tom Close and Tricia get engaged

It’s last year that local icon Tom Close made his relationship with his long time girlfriend Tricia official by proposing to her. They plan to wed sometime this year.

A clue to their upcoming nuptials was first deciphered after they were spotted in some mall around town, shopping for wedding outfits. Tom Close later disclosed his wedding plans on social networks and other media outlets.