Promoting Children’s Reading in Kyrgyzstan

Duishon Shamatov



This paper is on family reading for children in Kyrgyzstan a Central Asian former USSR state. Poor reading skills lead to poor learning in all other subjects. This paper presents the research study on the Reading for Children project, which aimed to promote a love for reading and enthusiasm for books from early ages.  The study also identifies whether the Reading for Children project has had any impact on language skills of small children. The study was conducted with the help of survey questionnaire, individual and group interviews as well as observation. The study findings demonstrated that Parents’ involvement in reading tasks can help develop their children’s interest in reading. The study demonstrated that the Reading for Children project increased access to children’s age-appropriate reading materials, promoted enjoyable reading experiences between parents and children, and strengthened family bonds between parents and conducting series of trainings on family reading. In addition, there were indications that the project had also positively influenced the children’s attitude towards education and performance at school.  Paper offers practice and policy recommendations.


Pembahasan Artikel ini tentang bacaan keluarga, untuk anak-anak di Kyrgyzstan Central Asian former USSR state. Kemampuan membaca yang buruk mengakibatkan daya belajar yang rendah pada semua mata pelajaran. Jika siswa belajar untuk membaca di usia awal dan pada tingkat kecepatan membaca yang memadai, maka mereka mempunyai kesempatan yang lebih besar untuk bertindak lebih baik di sekolah. Artikel  ini menyajikan penelitian tentang projek membaca untuk anak-anak, yang bertujuan untuk mempromosikan kecintaan terhadap membaca dan antusiasme terhadap buku sejak usia dini. Penelitian ini juga mengidentifikasi apakah projek bacaan pada anak-anak telah memiliki dampak terhadap kemampuan bahasa anak-anak kecil. Penelitian dilakukan dengan angket survey, wawancara individu dan kelompok, dan observasi. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa keterlibatan orang tua dalam tugas-tugas membaca dapat membantu mengembangkan minat membaca anak-anak mereka. Penelitian menunjukkan bahwa projek membaca untuk siswa meningkatkan akses kepada materi bacaan yang sesuai dengan usia anak-anak, mempromosikan pengalaman membaca yang menyenangkan antara orang tua dan anak-anak, dan memperkuatan ikatan keluarga antar-orang tua, dan mengadakan rangkaian pelatihan bacaan keluarga. Selain itu, terindikasi bahwa projek tersebut juga mempengaruhi secara positif sikap anak-anak terhadap pendidikan dan prestasi di sekolah. Tulisan menganjurkan latihan dan rekomendasi kebijakan.

How to Cite : Shamatov, D. (2015). Promoting Children’s Reading in Kyrgyzstan. TARBIYA: Journal Of Education In Muslim Society, 2(2), 105-116. doi:10.15408/tjems.v2i2.2801.



family reading; education research; pre-school and primary school; Kyrgyzstan;bacaan keluarga; penelitian pendidikan; taman kanak-kanak dan sekolah dasar; Kyrgyzstan

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