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Children urged to read during school holidays

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Children urged to read during school holidays

By The Nation

 

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Related agencies have launched a campaign to encourage children to read during their school vacation, with reading touted as a means to ease tension and to fight depression.
 

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“We have already come up with a list of recommended books,” Sudjai Promkerd from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) said. Most schools in Thailand usually close from March to mid-May every year. 

 

Sudjai added that the list recommends books for different age groups, such as from birth to six; from six to nine; and from nine to 12 years old. 

 

“The list also includes local and foreign literature,” she said, adding that reading provides pleasure, eases stress and reduces depression. 

 

“Research shows that people who read know themselves better and develop greater sympathy for others,” she said. 

 

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ThaiHealth is conducting the campaign in collaboration with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and National Library. 

 

National Library director Kanok-orn Sakdadej said fun reading events will be organised at the library every day, while Visal Kong-ngern, a senior BMA official, said reading will be promoted at BMA’s 35 libraries and at the Bangkok City Library. 

 

“We are also making five mobile libraries available,” he said.

 

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Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30366100

 

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Not going to happen. The basic structure of the 'Mia Pen Rai syndrome' doesn't allow it. In one sense it can mean 'enjoy yourself no matter what" etc. However, this won't apply to some of the Chinese Thai. Some friends of mine allow their children a given a mount of time to any new year celebration but after that they have to study.

My other Thai friends have children who often refuse to do their homework let alone study. A few days ago I was visiting some friends and it was almost embarrassing, two 13 year old girls shouting and screaming about going to their once a week extra English lesson and by the time it was over it was too late anyway.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Sudjai added that the list recommends books for different age groups, such as from birth to six; from six to nine; and from nine to 12 years old. 

Hands up anyone who started to read at birth or within the first couple of years.  Born in 1941, I had to start school at 3 years old as my family, except my father, were moved, not evacuated, from London to Yorkshire and my mother was a nurse and had to work.  Held me in good stead but cannot see Thai children being interested in reading but only playing computer and telephone games.

'nuf sed.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Children urged to read during school holidays

The only reading they'll be doing is the instructions for their new computer game!

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4 hours ago, Eligius said:

The diminution in reading skills is a huge problem in Thailand - and to be fair, is a problem in other (Western) countries too. 

'Reading is boring'.

Never was to me when I was a youngster: I loved it, and still do!

My Dad died a  few  years back, he was an avid  book collector, got  thousands of the things and he was  good  enough to print  out their values and leave it out for me to find, adds  up to quite some value.

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1 hour ago, 4675636b596f75 said:

Cartoons?  They need afternoon soaps.  How else will the boys learn to abuse the girls and how will the girls learn to accept the abuse from the boys?

Cartoons  way more violent, it  helped me, Tom and Jerry, can't  beat a good  bashing smashing frying beating etc especially the rarely seen Black Momma.

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