Library helps with reading

2016-02-03 06:00
KABELO MABELANE (co-founder of Shout SA) and Sithembile Ntombela hand out bags filled with stationary to the learners of the TT Lekalake Primary School.                    Photos: Supplied

KABELO MABELANE (co-founder of Shout SA) and Sithembile Ntombela hand out bags filled with stationary to the learners of the TT Lekalake Primary School. Photos: Supplied

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MEMBERS of the community, parents, as well as representatives from neighbouring schools in Kuruman, witnessed the handover of a newly-built and fully-equipped mobile library to the learners and teachers at the TT Lekalake Primary School in Batlharos.

This school is a government quintile one school, making it the least resourced, as per government’s poverty quintile ranking.

The handover was made by Brand South Africa in partnership with Shout SA and Breadline Africa on Friday (29/01).

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand in order to improve its global competitiveness.

One of the company’s aims is to build pride and patriotism among South Africans in order to contri-
bute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.

The aim is also to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change by becoming involved.

The library resource at the TT Lekalake Primary School, with the commitment of learners and teachers, aims to improve the academic results of the school. It also aims to create better opportunities for the learners as they progress into adulthood.

This after the 2014 annual national assessment (Ana) results revealed that there was a significant gap between children reading, understanding and interpreting information.

Pointing out the impossibility of growth and improvement in a community without proper literacy skills, the school principal, Tumisang Rabi, emphasised that the library was a resource for the community at large and not only for the learners.

“This library will instill a love for reading in the smallest of children. It is very important for young children to learn to love reading, as this is a primary skill to ensure success, not only in later grades, but also in life in general.”

Articulating the importance of the library for the school in particular, the project manager at Breadline Africa, Jade Orgill, said that the lack of access to resources usually translated into low literacy levels, as was the case at the TT Lekalake Primary School.

“One of the positive measures currently in place is the learner development programme that has been initiated by the school governing body (SGB), teachers and parents.

“This programme is just one example of the active steps taken by the community of Batlharos to improve the state of education in the district,” added Orgill.

The national development plan (NDP) mentions that education is a prerequisite for South Africa’s development.

The community in Bathlaros encourages learners to be dedicated, studious and focused.

Mpho Malele, circuit manager of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District, encouraged parents to make reading a priority at home.

“Initially, the children will read slowly and get frustrated, but it is important to encourage them to persevere, because the more they read, the better they will read and the faster they will read,” he urged.

“The Department of Basic Education has instituted a compulsory reading period for all schools,” he added.

“Teachers need to set small goals for their learners throughout the year, which will contribute to the improvement of the literacy levels in the district.”

Malele called on the community at large to play their part and support education initiatives in the community.

“By attending school events, you are showing the children that you are committed and care about their education, which will instill the same values in them.”

Kabelo Mabelane, co-founder of Shout SA, wrapped up the programme by calling on the children to stay in school, respect their teachers and read, read, read.

“Readers are leaders,” Mabalane said, “and leaders are readers! We all need to play our part and develop a love of reading in our communities.”

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