If only more children in Africa had greater access to assorted books, needless to say, the next generation will certainly be better than the present.
Tom Close whose real name is Thomas Muyombo, a medical doctor and an author of 80 children books, wants every child in Rwanda to have access to his books in libraries across the country. He had realized that the reading culture in Rwanda was lacking and to remedy this, he donated 300 children books to Kigali Public Library this week.
“Every child in Rwanda deserves to experience the joy of reading. As an artist, I feel it’s my responsibility to pay back to the community by helping the needy, especially children and patients,” Close told Music in Africa.
He stressed that the initiative to donate the books was also intended to promote a reading culture in Rwanda, which would, in turn, spur morality and values.
“My books are written in Kinyarwanda,” he said. “My aim is to push the idea that the international languages of wider communication like English and French are not the only means of communication that should be prioritised. I want my children and all Rwandan children to know and love our language and culture. I believe African languages can be developed for academic use by providing appropriate teaching and learning materials.”
The father of two occasionally collaborates with Save the Children Rwanda (an organisation is committed to raising literacy levels in Rwanda) through which he teaches primary school children about writing.
Check out Tom Close’s music video, “Naba Umuyonga”: