The biggest goal of any media centre is to establish a reading culture in a school. In this modern age in which we find ourselves, our reading skills are a standard by which we are measured. A learner will therefore find it very difficult to adapt to our society without the ability to read well. Unfortunately, it is a reality that some learners have poor reading skills. Reading delays in learners can lead to problems such as misconduct and underachievement. Midstream College has an extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction that will meet the needs of any learner. Reading on computers and e-books is classified as “screen time”. It is a common fact that too much screen time has a negative impact; therefore, our learners are encouraged to read books in printed format as well.
It is important to have a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere in which every learner can prosper. All the grade 8 learners receive compulsory reading classes with the programme “Readers are Leaders”. The improvement of a learner’s reading speed and expanded vocabulary after just a few periods is astonishing. The media centre also has a computer room where research and printing can be done. Everything you read fills your head with new information, which can never be taken away from you. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy. Keep on reading, Midstream College!
In the words of our former president Nelson Mandela: “Words we read are able to travel to many places, meet many
people and understand the world!”