Tuesday, January 05, 2016


By Adeyemi Isma'il

“Today a reader, Tomorrow a leader”
-Margaret Fuller

Reading is fundamental. In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients to become all that you can be. From time to time, people have wondered why reading is important. Some believe there are so many other things to do with one’s time. This endemic has permeate into our society that it has wreak a lot of havoc on our children’s reading culture and skills. As revealed in the Holy Qur’an, Allah (SWT) ordered the noble Prophet (SAW) to “Read” in Chapter 96, Verse 1.

Reading is very essential not only during test or exam periods. Reading should be done everyday to grow in mind and intellect. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment everyday not only perform better in tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other culture. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

The importance of reading cannot be over-emphasized. It is important parents dedicate time and read to their children. It is also a great way to focus on the family. Every child deserves to have a good book read to her. Every child deserves to have a good books she can call her very own, stored on her very own book shelf where she can pull them out and read them anytime she wants. It is a fantastic way to encourage reading.

It is true in some cases that some kids find reading a bit difficult. Yes, that is quite right. However, it is a trivial issue that can be put to bed through a process. Ask the child what is her book of interest -which surely everyone has no matter how absurd. Procure books of her interest for her and see the magic. The interest she has in the book will spur her on to read the book continuously and inadvertently influence her reading habit. As time wears on, she will move from personal interest to broad interest in the quest for knowledge.

Reading can broaden your children’s horizon, it develops imagination. It consequently enhance their reasoning. Television and computer games have their places but they are more like amusement. Amusement comes from two words;

“a” [non] + “muse” [think]
Amusement is “non-thinking” activities. With reading, a person can go anywhere in the world or even out of it. Readers’ possibilities are endless. They can be a Medical practitioner, Lawyer, Engineer, Accountant, Social Worker, and so forth.

With the moral decadence in our society, reading can be of a great help to curb it. There is an age-long saying that goes, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. Ideas written down have changed the destiny of men and nation for better or for worse. It is pertinent parent censor what their children read. The flow of ideas cannot be stopped. We can guide and monitor what they read and direct them to read and research to build on the good ideas and expose the bad ideas before they bring incorrigible destruction. Only by reading can we be armed in this never-ending, life-and-death struggle.

In conclusion, reading is a very vital skill. It is inherent parent support their children to enhance their reading culture. Reading strategies are also part of learning to read. As Margaret rightly put, a reader is a leader.

By Adeyemi Isma'il


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