SCHOOLS need to create a conducive environment or “reading corners” within their premises to encourage students to read more, said Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri.
She said these “reading corners” could be either indoors or outdoors as long as they provided a conducive environment for students to read.
Reading was pivotal because it opened to the world of knowledge and take readers all over the world without having to leave the house, she said.
“If we stop reading, the quality of our citizens will be affected. But if we read a lot, we’ll be more knowledgeable and we can participate in many local and international debates,” she said when launching a charity programme, “read2lead” in Kuching.
Nancy said parents should identify what type of topics or genre their children found appealing before purchasing books for them.
“Children will not read if they are not interested in a particular topic, so we need to find out what subject matter are of interest or relevant to them,” she said.
On her part, Nancy said she would lobby parliament to agree to provide more subsidy on books. She said books should be made affordable for everyone.
St Mary’s Alumni initiated the “read2lead” programme in collaboration with MPH Bookstores and Sarawak State Library.
“read2lead” card which is sold at RM20 each provides 20% discount on book purchases and other perks at MPH Bookstores at The Spring. Proceeds from the card sale will be donated to St Mary’s Alumni and used to improve the school’s facilities.