The first ever MixaKids reading zone was held on Thursday May 25 in Nansana . MixaKids reading zones are community based. Children form small clubs in their home area where they meet once in a while to read and learn together. Kullein Ankunda from MixaKids says that the aim of having the reading zones is to meet the objectives of MixaKids on a community level where parents are actively involved. MixaKids objectives are to enhance literacy, writing skills, ICT skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
She also explains that the home reading zones are an extension of the school MixaKids clubs to holidays and weekends.
Children are hosted in one home. Some of the activities that the children engage in include; reading MixaKids newspapers, books, creative storytelling, exercises, snacking and prize giving among others. Prizes are given to the one who tells the most creative story and the most active.
Mrs Irene Birungi Mugisha, a parent and host of the first MixaKids reading zone says that starting children reading zones is a very brilliant idea.
“It will help instill good values in our children; it enhances their confidence, their vocabulary and their strength in speech and public speaking.”
She added that having this under MixaKids compliments the paper with content that is pure and organic.
Isaiah Kagoma a Primary Five pupil of Greenhill Academy Kibuli won the best creative story teller category. He was given a lot of prizes like candy, stickers and MixaKids newspaper subscription for three months. Kagoma said he was excited about the evening in the reading zone. He was also happy because he was able to take a picture with Uncle Mixa.