In 1995, UNESCO selected April 23 as World Book and Copyright Day, calling on people around the world to enjoy reading and protect intellectual property rights.
With the development of the Internet, people's reading habits have substantially changed. However, the value and truth that reading can bring to life, along with a demand for it, will never change.
In recent years, China has put considerable effort into promoting educational equality, removing the gaps between urban and rural areas and eastern and western regions. It has called on the government and the society to work together to explore new approaches. While reading is an important part, experts believe when students in rural areas have access to quality books, they can share the same starting line as children in cities in terms of spiritual development as well.
Field research has shown that schools that emphasize reading and the building of high quality libraries can shape teachers and students to have excellent spiritual temperaments, while at the same time, have outstanding performance in various test requirements. In addition, children growing up in a good reading environment at home can realize a balanced development.
During another World Book and Copyright Day, relevant departments can focus on how to provide more good quality books to children in rural areas. Sufficient instructions are also necessary to lead them to enjoy this activity, which can bring them a better life.
(This is an edited excerpt of an article originally published in People's Daily on April 24)
(Print Edition Title: Books Brighten Life)