Educationalist blames decline in reading culture on social media

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The Proprietor of Ife Oluwa Nursery School, Ilorin, Mr Dare Oyeniyi, has blamed the decline in reading culture in the society on over reliance on social media.

Oyeniyi spoke with Newsverge on Friday in commemoration of the World Book Day celebrated on Thursday.

He said one could hardly find a home now where children would be encouraged to read at least a book in a month, like it was before.

“Parents now prefer to buy smart phones for their children instead of books as gifts which will develop their reading culture.

“But it is not really the fault of the parents because you can’t give what you don’t have; they don’t read too, so how will they encourage children to read?

“Now, social media has made it worse because everyone is now glued to their phones even at leisure times when they ought to pick a book and read,” Oyeniyi said.

He added that though the advent of social media was not bad as it has helped in the educational sector, it should rather be used to complement reading books and not to replace them.

“Using social media to complement book reading will only make our education system to be better, it can never replace it.

“So, the earlier everyone reasons like this the better.

“It pays to read, among other things it broadens one’s knowledge,” the proprietor said.

Newsverge reports that the World Book Day celebrated on March 2 was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

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