Karongi local residents urged to exploit Uruhongore reading corner

In partnership with Rwanda reads, Bakame editions, the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) launched a parents’ evening gathering “Umugoroba w’ababyeyi” at Uruhongore reading corner in bid to sensitize parents living around the Museum of Environment located in Karongi district. This was one of activities organized during national literacy month campaign from 1st to 30th September 2017.

During this activity, local residents in Karongi district were urged to maximize opportunities from Uruhongore as a way of mentoring school aged children. This will equip them with reading skills as well as environmental awareness and develop Rwandan culture among young generation.

 Andre Ndabaga, the museum manager said that according to the statistics, visitors from outside the district are higher than local residents. It is in this regard he encouraged parents nearby to mentor their children at this reading corner to develop their critical thinking and imagination. Nowadays most of the school aged children spend most of their time watching movies and TV that in the end damages their critical thinking. Uruhongore reading corner will keep busy those children and equip them with values and right attitudes.

 

photo: Ndabaga Andre, Manager at Museum of Environment

 

 

 photo: Children after a reading session at Uruhongore reading corner

Kids who participated in this activity, appreciated a chance given to visit this place. they said that they will continue to come in holidays and weekends. 

Josephine Uzamutuma, a local resident expressed her gratitude to the Institute of National museums of Rwanda. This being her first visit, she could not hide her joy about the museums entertainment.  Other parents who attended the event enjoyed spending two days in a museum with children and said that they will be ambassadors to others who couldn’t attend the event.

About locating this reading corner at a museum of environment, Ndabaga Andre said that every story written talks about environment. And when children love stories, they become conscious about environment’s preservation & protection.

The Museum of environment was officially launched on 16 July 2015, it showcases various environmental components including sources of energy, traditional medicinal plants and very soon a new exhibition about zoology and geology will be launched.

 By: Jean Paul MUGWANEZA