Kids get Bible-based literacy booklets

2016-05-18 06:00
CHILDREN of the River Park Edu-Care Centre in Qwaqwa with the donated books during the launch of the Bible-based literacy booklets in Sotho at the Phuthaditjhaba Multi-Purpose Centre. From the left are Naledi Sekopa, Nompumelelo Ledimo, Thlokomelo Dlamini, Thabang Mofokeng, Mothokoa Masiu, Mamello Motloung and Lebohang Mofokeng.         Photos: Tladi Moloi

CHILDREN of the River Park Edu-Care Centre in Qwaqwa with the donated books during the launch of the Bible-based literacy booklets in Sotho at the Phuthaditjhaba Multi-Purpose Centre. From the left are Naledi Sekopa, Nompumelelo Ledimo, Thlokomelo Dlamini, Thabang Mofokeng, Mothokoa Masiu, Mamello Motloung and Lebohang Mofokeng. Photos: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – Bible-based literacy booklets in Sotho were recently launched by the Bible Society of South Africa (BSSA) at the Phuthaditjhaba Multi-Purpose Centre.

The two booklets, My first Bible Do and Learn Book (Bibele ya ka yaTshebetso Le ho Ithuta Buka ya) and My 2nd Bible Do and Learn Book (Bibele ya ka ya ho Etsa Le ho Ithuta Buka ya 2) were dished out to the gr. R, gr. 1 and gr. 2 learners of different schools and day-care centres in Qwaqwa.

According to Rev. Feli Mokoena, the organising secretary of the BSSA, more than 500 books were donated to the learners, even though they had aimed for 300. He said they had donated the books to the young children because they were specifically aimed at pre-primary children and foundation phase learners.

“We have given out a few books especially for those who attended the launch.

“We were quite aware that some of the schools wanted a bigger number of books, but they would have to complete a form and, within two weeks, it would be delivered,” he said.

Mokoena said some years ago, the BSSA became aware of thousands of children in poorer areas who attend day-care centres, but were not exposed to literacy at all.

He said many of these children did not have the privilege of attending gr. R and were often behind when they started with gr. 1.

When one compares these children’s circumstances to those of children from advantaged homes who are exposed to some 400 hours of literacy before they begin school, it is evident that many children begin their schooling with a backlog that is hard to overcome.

“We hosted the launch in Qwaqwa, because that is where most of the South Sotho-speaking people are found.

“We are, however, also going to visit some of the other areas in the Free State to hand out the books,” he said.

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