Author launches educational website

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo-based teacher and author Bryony Rheam has launched an educational website called Fundiswa.

According to Rheam, the site, is aimed at offering interesting and thought-provoking news and articles about all aspects of education from primary to secondary level in Zimbabwe.

“The idea was born out of my desire to see more children read and more parents taking the time to read to their children. I believe that having a story read to you improves listening skills, quietens children down and improves their creativity,” the renowned author told the Daily News.

Rheam, who won the Best First Book Award at the 2010 Zimbabwe International Book Fair, is disappointed with the manner books have been relegated by both parents and government.

“With import duties on books being so high and our growing middle class who want to show off their phones and tablets, books are being forgotten about and, as a result, we are seeing more and more children with learning difficulties,” she said.

Rheam added that children were facing a host of other difficulties which include stress, broken homes as well as one or both parents working overseas.

“I feel very strongly about this issue.  As a teacher, I have definitely seen a decline in standards of literacy and creativity over the years and I feel I want to try and counter some of these problems.

“Many parents believe that by buying a child a television or smartphone, they are doing something positive and do not appreciate the damage that may be done,” she said.

Rheam said the failure by teachers to play their role, has left teachers under enormous pressure.

“Increasing pressure is being placed on teachers and schools to provide what parents should be doing yet teachers are struggling with exam pressure …parents are dissatisfied with what schools have to offer because they want them to work miracles,” she said.

The Bulawayo-bred author‘s debut novel “This September Sun” at one point hit the number one position for sales on the Amazon Kindle store in the United Kingdom. The book was first published in 2009 by AmaBooks before the rights were sold to the United Kingdom-based Parthian Books five years ago.

Comments (1)

Hi I really appreciate your effort to enlighten our fellow citizens that its not electrical gadgets that will help our children to be responsible citizens, but investing in education and maintaining our identity. The electronic media has its own merits but serious consequences if not handled properly, especially to our children. I would be grateful if I can read more of your contributions to Zimbabwe as I also do through charity. Thanks

Elias Chisambara - 25 October 2016

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