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Children are like sponges.  They soak up everything and then teach us.  To grow an economy, you need a good reading culture.  Uganda needs this very badly.

Read for your kids and one time they will read for you or you will read together.

Uganda needs libraries in every community and books.  Uganda also needs computer centres which are accessible for free.  Many people in Uganda and in the Diaspora would contribute to the cause of reading.

We are talking about a country which is in the development phase.  Singapore got independence in the same year as Uganda. Singapore is now a first world country and Uganda has regressed to a fifth world county.

If you do not build a foundation of readers, then you cannot blame them for not helping to build the economy.  In reality, if they cannot read or read only the first sentence, they will miss much.  This is crucial for Uganda because if people do not read or follow basic instructions, they cannot blame #Museveni for their 80-95% unemployment.

The basic job requirement needs you to read the post and follow instructions. Pray tell us how you can get a job when you do not even read the job post or follow instructions.  I am well known for criticising Museveni but we cannot put all the blame on one man.  READ as if your life depends on it.  Because it does.

Uganda is desperately in need of readers and jobs.  When you read, you learn much.  When you read, you reason critically.  When you read, you follow instructions and get a job or scholarship.  When you read, you stop blaming others for your suffering. READ! Or else, you will never compete in this Global Village where kids are fully literate at age 4yrs of age.

Bring back the reading culture. First published on April 8, 2016 on the Nangalama Blog

Martha Leah Nangalama

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