“The best gift you can give is a book”

MMC for Community Development, councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, encourages reading from an early age. Photo: www.twitter.com

 

“The gift of reading is one of the most important gifts a parent, grandparent or guardian can give their children,” said City of Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.

It was recently reported that out of fifty countries surveyed, South Africa was the lowest performing country in Reading and Literacy Studies.

This is according to the 2016 SA Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS) report that was released earlier this year. The report also stated that eight out of 10 South African Grade 4 learners do not have comprehension in any language. These results have motivated the City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services (LIS) to foster a culture of reading.

LIS has implemented the Family Literacy Programme across the City’s libraries. The programme encourages family members to discover and emphasise the importance of reading stories to their children.

As part of this programme, the City libraries will facilitate the following activities:

Story-telling puppet shows

In order to create excitement and increase the presence of LIS at the book fair, the City’s libraries will organise a professional puppeteer to deliver a puppet show on each of the days of the book fair. The puppet shows will showcase the library services, endorse the message of the importance of reading and learning, and stimulate eagerness to read.

eLearning in City of Johannesburg Libraries

The Johannesburg Libraries’ eLearning and Library Applications team will facilitate the following activities:

Digital story reading: A digital story reading session for Primary School learners. Tablets and eReaders will be provided for kids to have access to selected websites with stories for children. The session will also be used to raise awareness of the Overdrive eBooks collection. LIS will download selected children stories onto the eReaders and tablets to demonstrate how easy it is to have access to eBooks.

Digital Creative Writing Workshop: Tablets and laptops will be used to facilitate a workshop with FunDza Mobile Literacy as a collaborating partner. Secondary School learners will be introduced to FunDza.mobi and Springster Girls Network. The participants will also be introduced to the CoJLIS Overdrive collection of electronic books that can be read online or downloaded onto smart devices.

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