Enhancing the Culture of Reading in Rwanda: Reflections by Students in Tertiary Institutions
2012 (English)In: Journal of Pan African Studies, ISSN 0888-6601, Vol. 5, no 1, 36-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Following a growing concern about the lack of a reading culture among Rwandans in general and university students in particular, this study investigates students’ reflections on their previous reading experiences and discusses ways to develop literacy and a reading culture in Rwanda. It is widely known that the cultivation of a reading culture among the youth in tertiary institutions not only boosts their academic excellence, but it also contributes to their country’s growth prospects. This study based on students from one university answers the following research question: What do students claim are the reasons for a poor reading culture in Rwanda? The data was collected via an open questionnaire. Major findings indicate that the lack of a reading culture is attributed to the colonial and post-colonial education system, reliance on verbal communication, limited access to reading materials, and ultimately the mother tongue status of Kinyarwanda, within the sociolinguistic configuration of Rwanda.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Phoenix Arizona, 2012. Vol. 5, no 1, 36-54 p.
reading culture, oral tradition, language of insturction, adult literacy, functional literacy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-78123DiVA: diva2:531444