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Title:School libraries and their role in promoting a reading culture: case study of Caprivi, Omusati, Omaheke, Karas and Khomas regions in Namibia
Authors:Nengomasha, Cathrine T.ISNI
Uutoni, Wilhelm Elinatse
Yule, Wilson
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:secondary education
school libraries
Abstract:During 2009-2010, a study was conducted in five of Namibia's thirteen regions, namely Caprivi, Omusati, Omaheke, Karas and Khomas, to determine the state of secondary school libraries and assess their role in promoting a reading culture in Namibia. Libraries were found in all the schools, but no more than 80 percent of these were adequately resourced in terms of reading materials, equipment, and staffing. Learners said that they liked reading, but there was no strong library programme to inculcate a reading culture. A number of other factors can contribute to a good or bad reading culture. These include the language of instruction and home/family environment. In 2011, an audit report of the education system notes that proficiency in English, the language of instruction, is below basic. The small percentage of schools with libraries that were well run had a good pass rate, whereas generally this is not the case. Recommendations include the provision of adequate funding for collection development and the development of meaningful library programmes. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]