In order to promote the culture of reading, more than 3,000 newspapers and magazines were distributed to passersby in the capital Kabul on Wednesday.
Members of the “Rawande 3rd Afghanistan” movement unleashed the campaign under: “We accomplish our duty, how about you?” came out on Kabul streets distributing newspapers and magazines for free.
Ehsanullah Tahiri, the chief of the movement, said from an early age people were not being persuaded to read, rather they got busy watching television channels, soap operas and films.
“Right now, the habit of reading is nose-diving in Afghanistan and majority of people are not interested in reading at all,” he added.
Sayed Ibrahimi, an official at the ministry of agriculture while reading a newspaper, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “The culture of reading is extremely low in our country. Majority of our children and youth instead of reading are busy watching different television channels.”
He urged families to persuade their children to read more since reading would make children more intelligent.
Over the last decade, majority of Afghan channels broadcast Turkish, Indian, and American shows that have attracted children and youths’ attention.
According to psychologists, these shows filled with violent or tragic scenes that have negative impact on children.