Laundry and a book go together

2016-02-25 06:00
 Vuyokazi Rola with librarians Tumelo Kuene and Vuyokazi Nyokana as well as founder David Jeffery.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Vuyokazi Rola with librarians Tumelo Kuene and Vuyokazi Nyokana as well as founder David Jeffery. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Reading to the young mind is always a helpful mechanism to stimulate the brain.

It is for this reason that a child literacy project has been launched in Khayelitsha’s Town Two, Khayelitsha.

Parents are, to the most caught up in daily tasks such as doing the laundry, cooking and looking after their offspring, but they should also make time for their little one’s literacy prowess.

Libromat is a book sharing initiative which aims to create an environment where mothers and care-givers can do their laundry but at the same time spend time with their child over a book.

The initiative is based at the Thokozani Youth Centre, Thabang Bokolane Street and is aimed at parents and young children in the area.

The initiative was the brainchild of David Jeffery who has a background in adult education.

“It began with my unhappiness with the adult education system, which is offered on a short term basis. I wanted a literacy project that had a longer time span and book sharing was the best way,” said Jeffrey.

Parents can do their laundry at the facility at around R10 a load and spend time with their child at the library while they wait.

“The service was initiated two weeks ago and the community is warming up to it. We have had a few parents coming in and we are hoping that the number will increase. Our aim is to promote literacy at a young age.

We know that parents are often busy and do not have the time to sit down with the children to focus on their books.

So by aligning it with a routine chore, then it will give space for some book sharing moments,” he said.

The project’s communication officer, Vuyiseka Rola, said that they are hoping that the time can strengthen the bond between mother and child.

“A lot of parents do their washing for over 5-6 hours a day which gives them less time to spend with their children. We are not taking that time away from your kids” she said.

She added that it was crucial that children do not skip the early development phase.

“If you skip this phase of learning with your child, when they grow up it is difficult to reconnect with them. When we have more time to do this when the children are older it can often be too late.” she said.

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