Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Mike Mulongoti has implored Zambians to develop a culture of reading and utilize various public libraries doted around the country.

Mr. Mulongoti said libraries were important institutions in any given country from where people should acquire knowledge which was necessary for developing the nation.

He said this in Lusaka today when he officially opened the Francis Kasoma Media Library and Information Resource centre at the University of Zambia (UNZA).

Mr. Mulongoti also launched a book entitled “The Press in Zambia” by Francis Kasoma.

He noted that the Kasoma Media Foundation projects have proved to be effective in the development of Journalism and Mass Communication as it has offered the best and reliable media library.

Mr. Mulongoti said government attached great importance to the provision of information services which he said was an ingredient for social and economic development.

He said it was therefore imperative that journalists and other members of the public acquired the historical book and draw lessons from it, adding that they should also utilize the library.

“As most scholars recommend, for every journalist to have a good and sound historical background of the origin of the press in Zambia, they should understand and exhibit professionalism in the trade,” Mr. Mulongoti said.

Earlier, Kasoma Media Foundation Executive Director, Lesa Basil said the foundation aimed at advancing the practice of journalism through media education and development.

Ms Basil said her organization has since developed a three year strategic plan which would help the foundation to strike a balance between complementing media development and enhancing journalism and mass communication in the country.

And UNZA deputy Vice Chancellor, Wilson Mwenya said the late professor Francis Kasoma contributed significantly to the development of the media community in Zambia.

Dr. Mwenya noted that Prof. Kasoma was in the forefront spearheading media issues, adding that the media has developed because of his tireless efforts.

He said UNZA management was privileged to house the Kasoma Library.

He has since urged students and other members of the public to make use of the library.

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  1. A quote from Mail and Guardian Online“Let us all clearly remember that by the serious nature of our president’s illness, the healing process will indeed be long. Presently, he is in a stable but heavily sedated condition,” Chituwo said.
    means Levy is still in an induced coma.

    Each and every library should have link to cyberspace

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  2. #1. You do not have to quote that source. The statement is everywhere. Our local press broke it first.

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  3. Reading,oooooh just to the few zedians,the majority who roam the streets wont coz even when they would want to enter any library they would be asked for some ID,payment,membership or something,explain well

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  4. Reading will help in enlightening us. It will help in giving us the necessary competencies and know-how. And always remember knowledge is power and therefore share it. We now live in a knowledge based global economy and companies that learn to harness their knowledge workers are the ones that have the competitive advantage.
    So lets read people and ensure that we have the necessary know-how and act from an informed perspective

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  5. Prof Mutengo Waminga LLB (UNZA) LLM, MA PHD (Oxford). This should a well learned gentleman congrats.I guess you can shed more light on this topic than mike.

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  6. Thanks #5 i guess you you would like to be like me nevertheless i will give few clue’s on your request. As learned Prof i don’t keep everything to myself.The importance of reading skills for a child’s success cannot be emphasized enough. As a teacher who has worked extensively with children within the 5-11 year old age group, I have personally witnessed the importance of reading skills on a daily basis in the following areas:

    • Language Arts
    • Social Studies
    • Science
    • Mathematics
    • Social Skills

    As you can see, the importance of reading skills filters into all aspects of school.

    If you are like many parents, you probably think the importance of reading skills is only evident

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  7. In other words what mulongoti is saying is libraries are good coz they will help us to read btween the lines that LPM will not come to rule since the stroke he has gone through nobody under the sun has ever survived.if he does then the prophecy will be fulfilled HE IS VEGETABLE what do you expect wheel chair.
    Come on guys lets be honest

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  8. in language arts. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Of course, your child does need to have adequate reading skills to do well in language arts, but the importance of reading skills is noticeable in other subject areas, as well.

    Let’s take a look at social studies, for example. Whether your child is learning about his neighborhood in kindergarten, or learning about other countries in the sixth grade

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  9. he needs to be able to read in order to have a rich learning experience. Even basics of social studies, such as map reading, emphasize the importance of reading.

    To further illustrate the importance of reading in social studies, let’s look at a real life situation. Let’s say Mrs. Smith has just introduced the state of Maine to the class. Your child has never heard of this state. Mrs. Smith then asks the class to locate the state of Maine on a labeled map of the United States.

    If your child does not have basic sound-symbol recognition skills, he will have a terrible time finding Maine. If, however, your child does have these skills, he will know that the state he is looking for starts

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  10. Rather than searching frantically for the state of Maine on a map, and likely becoming frustrated, your child can locate the state and pay attention to the rest of Mrs. Smith’s lesson. Having just basic reading skills has helped your child be more successful in Mrs. Smith’s social studies class.

    The importance of reading skills is also obvious is science. Scientific exploration and discovery are at the core of learning this subject. The hands-on nature of science often makes it a favorite subject of children ages 5-11.

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  11. But, the ability to follow lab procedures correctly is important in science. Often, the procedures are very precise. If they are not followed correctly, the experiment will not work.

    If your child has solid reading skills, she will be able to successfully follow lab procedures. If she doesn’t, she is likely to be unsuccessful at completing science experiments. This will be both frustrating and disappointing for your child. It can even result your child disliking science, because she sees it as a subject in which she can’t be successful.

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  12. Most parents don’t think the importance of reading is illustrated in math. But, poor reading skills can be a huge obstacle for students in math. As a teacher, I have witnessed students who excel in mathematical concepts fail because of poor reading skills.

    Most parents of children who are 5-11 years old remember math as just a number crunching subject. This is no longer the case. Nowadays, more emphasis is being place on the problem solving aspect of math. Therefore, math now includes many story problems, which require reading skills

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  13. A student with a strong math mind, but poor reading skills, can’t possibly do well in today’s math classes. The importance of reading skills is so high now that it is nearly impossible to pass a math class without being able to read.

    In addition, students are more and more being asked to review math material on their own. If your child has poor reading skills, he is unlikely to be able to review math material successfully.

    Believe it or not, the importance of reading is also shown in social skills. For example, many teachers at younger grade levels select reading material that teaches social skills. If your child can’t read these stories and participate in these discussions,

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  14. she is likely to miss out on important social skills.

    Less obviously, the importance of reading in socialization is seen in the self-esteem of your child. A child who goes to school every day, unable to read, will experience self-esteem problems. It is human nature to compare ourselves to others. If your child can’t read, but everyone else around her can, she will begin to see herself as less adequate.

    Furthermore, a child who struggles with reading often develops a poor attitude about school – and understandably so. To illustrate this point, let’s pretend you had to go to a school where everyone speaks and reads only German. Let’s further pretend you are supposed to take social studie

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  15. The importance of reading skills for school success is immense. To give your child the best chance of excelling in school, be sure to provide him with a strong reading basis and to encourage reading at home.

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  16. # 16 Yeah, you oughta go on your own, but in case you can’t make it as often as you’d like, I’m here to do it for you!Law school requires that you read large quantities of dense material. You must have efficient reading habits to simply complete your assignments. You must have critical, active reading habits to be effective in learning from what you read

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  17. In Reading you oughta read the entire assignment, trying to get a sense of what’s going on. This will take a long time at the beginning because you will likely have to stop often to look up unfamiliar words or to re-read confusing passages. Do be sure to use references as you read. Look up unfamiliar terms in the dictionary (standard and legal). Get background on concepts from secondary sources. Re-read each portion of the assignment (each case, for example) looking for key ideas and reasoning.

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  18. Reading is just everything these days jane Gordall said “the greatest danger to mans future is apathy” apathy is the ignorance, the unknowing, the laziness….the more you read the more knowledge u have, the more knowledge you have the more power you have, so i would age the youth of zambia to read more,diversity is the key to success these days

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  19. Learn to live with the “amiguity” of the law
    a. law is sometimes very fixed and definite, and other times not at all.
    b. law sometimes can “punish” and be very punitive, and other times it can be very “fair” and “equitable”. try to learn which subjects, and legal fields are more “punitive”, and which ones are more “fair and equitable”.
    c. for every general rule, there is an exception. learn the general rules, learn the exceptions, and try to understand the legal rationale or theory behind each rule, and exception. try to understand the overall general public polcy, or “political” or “philosophical” rationale used by the courts or the legislature in making legal rules and deciding lega1

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  20. Studying Rules of Law
    a. read your materials carefully
    b. if you cannot understand the facts of a case, try diagramming who the parties are, and what they are doing in the case.
    c. write questions for yourself in the margins of your notes or books, and try answering your own questions.
    d. ask other students, or the teacher questions you have about your materials.
    e. practice your legal arguments you have learned, practice on others making your legal arguments, and legal arguments you have learned in cases, or discuss legal cases which you do not understand, or which do not make much legal sense to you with others, your family members, and friends, and see what their opinions are of the

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  21. Prof Mutengo Waminga LLB (UNZA) LLM, MA PHD (Oxford) Be patient with yourself, with your instructors, with you fellow/sister students, and with the computer

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  22. I said it that our prof specialises in manuscripts. No wonder he can not be honoured by mulongoti.

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  23. Prof Mutengo Waminga LLB (UNZA) LLM, MA PHD (Oxford) when did you graduate from UNZA and who where your clas mates ?

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  24. Prof Mutengo Waminga don’t copy and paste articles without giving credit – plagiarism.

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  25. I think they are also some important points that noted in Pro Mutengo likeLaw school requires that you read large quantities of dense material. “You must have efficient reading habits to simply complete your assignments. You must have critical, active reading habits to be effective in learning from what you read” I think this point is better off than that of mulongoti

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  26. KAMALASHA vs CONMAN together fighting the most educated man on the blog Prof Mutengo Waminga LLB (UNZA) LLM, MA PHD

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  27. Thanks lusaka times for this forum though at times we sometimes go out of the way just to make someone out there you is sad to laugh. Sometimes important views on this forum are disucssed this keep some pipo’s time pass quick.’Reading is also brought about’Thanks once more Pro mutengo

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  28. Conman suffers from a VD that is affecting his mind. He seems to be attacting anyone like a rabbid dog. Don’t pay attention to him.

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  29. DEFENCE Minister, George Mpombo yesterday presented to Parliament three Bills, which seek to increase the salaries and gratuity of the president, vice-president, ministers and other constitutional office holders.
    Mr Mpombo, the acting leader of Government business in the House presented the Presidential Emoluments Bill, the Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Emoluments Bill and the Constitutional Office Emoluments Bill.
    Mr Mpombo said that the salary of the president was last reviewed last year and it was, therefore, expedient that such a Bill was presented to the House in order to review it.

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  30. He said that other workers, both in the public and private sectors, had been awarded salary increases and it was, therefore, important that the office holder for the presidency was equally accorded an increase in both gratuity and salary.
    The minister said there was equal need to review the salary and gratuity for the vice-president, speaker, deputy speaker, ministers and their deputies, leader of the opposition in the House as well as ordinary members of Parliament.
    The three Bills passed through first reading and the second reading would be on Tuesday next week.
    “I am grateful to the House for the thunderous support,” Mr Mpombo said.

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  31. Why can’t we be serious for a change? Some names have become as annoying as an excremental heap on the side walk. Wasting space and driving away sensible bloggers… I’ll join the debate when the heap has been cleared.

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  32. I urge Mulongoti to follow his own advice cuase the things that come out of his mouth really leave one wondering

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  33. Mutengo wa Minga Please stop smoking weed. its corrupting your mind my friend. What school did you go to, so that I will not have to send my children there? look at your grammar?

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  34. hi evry one thank you for contributing to this blog, you are so sweet,i love the zambian people too much. keep it up.

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  35. What rubbish is this – reading – what do we Ministers care – all we want is the salary increments approved before the “cat” comes back!!!!!!!!

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  36. by the way thank you to the Francis Kasoma Media Library for taking the initiative because the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting have failed!!!

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  37. Ministers are awarding themselves hefty salaries while the Zambian libraries have obsolete books. For example, most of the books in UNZA library are very old and their contents are no longer used for teaching in the developed countries. It is a pity being led by ministers who seem as if they never went to school and don’t understand the importance of education.

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  38. Ecclesia 12 vs 12 read this guys. olypics time let me sleep so i can watch our boxer hammer da oponent mailo

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  39. Mwiinga,

    I hope this thread has come as your personalized counsel.”Read and not blog around your clock 24/7 without vision or value”.That is why you don’t invoke sympathy when you cry over your megre Government pay.You don’t work but blogging.Your cost center must be the most poorly managed one in perenial loss.

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  40. I think most of us know that education and access to information is vital for social and economic development. The problem is the Minister did not once mention HOW the government will encourage more Zambians to read. For example, why not fund libraries and open public reading areas? Why not address the problem of education as a whole: Increase teacher’s salaries, raise the standards of the teaching proffession, fund educational infrastructure, invest in information technology in public education facilities? Clearly none of this can happen overnight but it would be more assuring if the Minister proposed a detailed PLAN (the HOW) and not simply declared truths we all know.

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  41. Nine Chale, again you prove why you’re my match as far as insight and maturity. This blog can get really immature at times.

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  42. Mulongoti go to the library and research on PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER OK!!!! then come tell us to read!!!!shetani whe!!!

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  43. #51 i concur with you what and where does one find these libraries.what type of books do they have?my own experience at unza is that of outdated books.

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  44. OKAY, FELLOW BLOGGERS, THIS IS OFF THE TOPIC AT HAND BUT MY QUESTION IS; IS TRACHEOTOMY A REVERSIBLE OPERATION OR NOT? COZ I HEAR THEY PUT A SMALL TUBE ON THE MKOLOMINO OF LPM TO AID HIM BREATHE. NOMBA CAN THIS THING BE REMOVED WITHOUT CAUSING LOSS OF THE VOICE? NGA FWENIKO BA SHING’ANGA BA BANTU.

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  45. #48 you are a wise man, keep it up! i really admire your position, we need more people like you on this blog for it to become same, most chaps on this blog are chronic lunatics.

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  46. i really failled to follow the discuussion today you lunatics the moon is back but you are still mad.

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  47. Sorry my engish is not very good i meant to say I have really failled to follow the discussion today,because except for a few,you guys are seriously mad.

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  48. Indeed Mike,our reading culture is so bad in Zed…the Library legislation law should be passed and Freedom of Information bill and let’s see what happens..a library build up your 2moro fellow bloggers….

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  49. Urging Urging Urging thats all ka ncule mulongoti do these days. The other day it was urging urging urging to pray, today its urging urging urging to read, tomoro it will urging urging urging to vote to him as presod of zed. NCULE MULONGOTI IWE LEKA KUSABAILA!!

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  50. # 47 I agree with you entirely. We need an action plan from the government. Apart from the British Council & American Center Libraries, our centres of reading stock very old material that has long become obsolete.

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  51. # 45 senior Citizen i have not seen Mwiinga’s posting but you are responding to him sounds good. sign that he is a chief blogger.
    #55 i like your postings. is it possible for you to stop using caps? (Capitals letters)

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  52. #45 “Mwiinga, I hope this thread has come as your personalized counsel.”Read and not blog around your clock 24/7 without vision or value”.That is why you don’t invoke sympathy when you cry over your megre Government pay.You don’t work but blogging. Your cost center must be the most poorly managed one in perenial loss.” I am lost, where is this coming from?

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  53. #64 it difficult to know at the moment because people in MMD are generally the same material We have rulled out mr katele kalumba, Mabenga is not good material i really can,t see any.

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  54. the issue of having libraries is very important as it will both enlighten us and make us think widely, it doesn’t matter where the information is coming from but the idea is that we need ma libraries but before we go any further why cant the govt start at improving school libraries before going to public places and i think they should be an act of parliament which should say that a certain percentage of the organizations(schools or universities) should be contributed to their own libraries instead of just talking and sitting ducks

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