Celebrating World Book Day and World Earth Day

The celebration of world book day was hosted by Nile DialoguePlatform on 20th April 2016 between 4pm – 7pmconducted by Amb. Nageeba chairperson, REC Ambassadors Book Club.

The session was opened up by a game of a roll of string where everyone was expected to hold one end of it. This showed how we are interconnected with each other and need each other’s contribution to advance social cohesion.

We had a 10 minutes time in the office garden for reflection and meditation and participants were asked for their views of what they saw and reflected upon. It was quiet clear that though we can see the same thing we might not necessarily perceive the same ideas basing on individual interests and inclinations.

Participants were also given a 10 minutes interaction to share their personal thoughts regarding the exercise in groups of two which proved more fruitful since at some stages in the garden some participants paid more attention to details that produced more meaning from the set up. This demonstrated how at times we miss out what others probably would have seen thus we need each other as one human family.

A discussion about the earth was conducted by Amb. Nageeba. She clearly stated that, “The one thing that made Earth unique was the presence of a superb form of intelligent life called the human race. But somewhere on the way the human race lost its humanity, forgot to acknowledge the planet that gave it life; and used its resources ruthlessly. The world now marks the Earth Day to make the human race realize the importance of the Mother Earth.”

Various books were displayed and talked about and a reading culture was encouraged especially on our environment. Therefore through such initiatives we are empowering students and children with the right information and they make informed grounded decisions in life. The program of restoring the reading culture needs many interesting activities and initiatives over time for the culture to be formed and strengthened. These benefits for the children and as citizens at large stand out in our program;

  • Books open doors to knowledge essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment.
  • Allows children to think critically and question the status quo as they dialogue on issues.
  • Helps students relate situations from books to their lives and find possible practical solutions.
  • Self-driven reading and performance improvement.
  • Motivate and encourage students’ research.
  • One way to reduce poverty.
  • Improves literacy and communication skills.
  • Build sustainable societies, to strengthen the foundations of peace.

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