The reading culture has been fading out among the youth and the new generation doesn’t have much interest to it, but the officials of the Ministry of Information and Culture saying new plans are in hand to improve such culture and boosting reading culture would lead Afghanistan towards development.
Pointing to the Ministry’s plan, Hamidullah Faizi spokesperson for the Ministry of Information and Culture told The Kabul Times that reading culture has been fading out among the new generation, but according to him the ministry’s new plan to help revive such culture in the society.
“Unfortunately the young generation spending their energy on other things instead of study, but this is the responsibility of the ministry of information and culture to pave the way for their study and therefor seminars and conference to be held in public libraries to help boost such culture among the youth,” Faizi added.
According to Faizi, those countrymen and women who have their academic and scientific literatures not published yet, can ask the ministry to get it published with the help of Baihaqi publishing directorate.
“We are negotiating with Ministry of Finance to give us some specific budgets so that we help the youth and writers publish their works,” Faizi said, adding recently Dr. Kamal Sadat acting minister of information and culture visited a private library and did a survey of the book reading culture as well as promised to increase the circulation of some valuable books so that around 5 to 6 thousands of book to be published within a week.
Pointing to what can improve the book reading culture among the youth, Faizi said the people can contact the ministry through 120 helpline so that the ministry ease them with their problems.
According to him, holding of conferences and seminars across the country would encourage the private book centers to be activated in the provinces and improve the book reading culture.
Calling persuasion of the youth towards reading as the main responsibilities of the ministry of information and culture, Faizi said that youth through reading would learn much more about new developments and technologies in the world and their mind would be much wiser and would also help Afghanistan get developed.
Answering a question if technology can replace reading, the spokesperson said that using technology as a mean for study in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran would be not a good solution, since the youth would get busy in social media or other websites. According Faizi the ministry of information and culture trying to encourage the youth to use libraries and books.
Asking the young generation to further spend their times in reading the books, Faizi said reading culture would definitely help economic, political and social developments for Afghanistan.