“What do our children read?” is the question posed by Jordanian Batir Wardam (Ar), who finds himself pleading on behalf of a girl at a bookshop who wanted to buy a children’s magazine against her nonchalant mother’s wishes.
While at a bookstore, Wardam tunes into a conversation a young girl was having with her mother:
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While I was at a bookshop buying a few magazines – I understand that this is strange but there are still some people committing the mistake of reading in Jordan – I overheard a young girl pleading with her mother, who was busy looking at fashion magazines, and asking her to buy a children’s magazine. The mother wasn’t very concerned and told her daughter that the magazine was for older children and that she couldn’t read anyway. In reality, what the girl was asking for was a magazine with puzzles and solving riddles, which didn’t need high reading skills and which the child, who appeared to be in Grade one or two, could have read easily.
The journalist in Wardam kicked in and before long he too was pleading the girl’s case with her mother.
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I decided to intervene on behalf of the girl and invited myself into the conversation. I told the mother that it was an easy magazine which I buy for my daughter and that it was possible for her daughter to read it too. I realised that the mother seemed annoyed, while the girl was happy for this external intervention, which backed her views. The mother then added the magazine to the basket which carried the useful magazines she wanted to purchase. She could have insulted me as my interference wasn’t welcome, but I was happy to be able to help the young girl achieve her legitimate right.
This mother doesn’t seem to realise the characteristics of what is in her hands – he daughter loves reading and is in need of encouragement. Not many children have this interest and they turn their attention to television, videos and the computer for entertainment and looking up things which are not beneficial to them in most cases.
Wardam laments the state of Arab children who hate reading and tells us how he tried to teach his daughter how to love books from a young age:
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A lot of the children I know between the ages of five to 10 are not interested in reading at all. These are the formative years in shaping their personalities and not reading could create problems for them at school. And because I have always been known to be a bookworm, I tried to transfer this love of reading and learning to my daughter. I read with her for half an hour everyday and I buy her magazines and children’s books. Gradually, she will have her own little library in her room and will learn how to respect books and appreciate them.
Children, argues Wardam, are smart in their nature and should be given due attention to use their brain cells in beneficial and creative activities.
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Children are especially intelligent and my daughter now uses this in her favour, as she demonstrates a surge of interest in reading at the time she should be getting ready to sleep. But I have no problem in her staying up for an extra half an hour, provided this will instil in her the habit of reading. In reality, there is also a quantum leap in the type of publications available for children and which provide better knowledge than the commercial television programmes, which feed girls stories about sadness and loss of family members and boys how to beat each other up and fight. I also remember how I spent more time at the children’ section at the Amman Book Fair than the other sectors, and how I was impressed with the Syrian and Lebanese publications, in particular their quality printing and the important information they contained.
The love of reading and education, concludes Wardam, are the only means to safeguard a child’s future. He says:
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The issue then is training a child to read in an environment at home which loves learning and respects books. There isn’t a shortage of good books for children and if needy families find it difficult to purchase expensive books, then it is imperative for governorates, villages and areas which are less lucky than cities to have libraries and educational centres for children. This will enable youngsters to gain access to books and learn to read, especially when education remains the only weapon for the poor and middle classes in their continuous struggle to get their rights in this society. A child who loves reading from a young age, continues on their trend for life and is able to leave space for books and magazines in his life – despite the onslaught of the Internet, television and cell phones.