The role of reading in extending the vision on the world

Regardless the times we live in, education should be a continuous process, and its essential core is reading. Among pupils, reading plays a decisive role in enriching and acquiring a taste for it. The passion for reading should be imbued from an early age, so the first attempt to do it will initiate the craving for reading and writing. The journalist Paul Radu has claimed in a recent interview that the monumental book which has encouraged his desire not only for reading but for adventure too, was “Nils Holgerson’s wonderful journey across Sweden” by Selma Lagerlof.

The duty of the school, as Eminescu put it, is to awaken the conscience and to develop the character, therefore, to equip the pupils with role models, reasoning, new outlooks and guidelines for their lives.

Once this undeniable duty of the school has been carried out, the culture should be approached as an exhilarating source for the human ideals. Young people’s education should make them aware of the fact that human beings are unconceivable without culture or other essential values which mould their lives and decisions. When it comes to permanent education’s terms, additional reading should be additional, not compulsory, so that the pupils are highly motivated to do this themselves.

As the world has a fast-paced rhythm of changing, faster than that of books publishing, the information methods vary and everyone opts out for practical and informative reading to the detriment of the reading for pleasure.

The aim of the project “Cultural Agora @ Your Library” is to fight against this flaw and it challenges the other ones involved to tell a story, either theirs or one they cherish. Thus, it is not a simple task, as they need to identify the story, get to its core, find its settling and reach a conclusion.

You can subscribe to such stories on the following Facebook page of the project: Here, young people can find more stories, inspirational, full of experiences, stories told by elders or people of the same age as theirs.

Cultural Agora @ Your Library is a project implemented by ANBPR in affiliation with Jazzmontor AS Norvegia and REPLIKA Cultural Association, financed through the SEE 2009-2014 Grants, the PA17/RO13 Programme “The Promotion of diversity of culture and art within the European heritage” (



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