Spreading a love for reading to little ones

2017-01-31 06:01
 Photo: Keith Rein The Upper Highway Burton family (from left) Lylah-Mae, Tasha, Eli and Ava are looking forward to promoting a love of reading to children.

Photo: Keith Rein The Upper Highway Burton family (from left) Lylah-Mae, Tasha, Eli and Ava are looking forward to promoting a love of reading to children.

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FEBRUARY, the month of love, begins tomorrow and The Robin Hood Foundation are excited to launch their new Love to Read campaign.

Cindy Norcott, chairperson and founder of the foundation said the organisation believes that education is key to eradicating poverty and they are to focus attention on early childhood development in 2017.
“This is the most important area to get the foundation’s right for children to be able to learn and grow to their full potential,” she said.

“The first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important.
“They are the foundation that shape children's future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general.
“Recent research confirms that the first five years are particularly important for the development of the child's brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping the child's brain architecture. Early experiences provide the base for the brain's organisational development and functioning throughout life.
“ They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities.”

Norcott said in our communities, most of the children in rural areas are left with an untrained care giver at a crèche or day-care facility whose main function is to just to see they are fed and looked after while their gogo or single mother or father work. They, as the foundation, see and meet people, who are starting the crèches with good intention and the reality is they just do not have the funding to provide proper educational value to the little ones making the gap to bridge when starting Grade R at seven years old, even more of a leap.

Natasha Burton, St Mary’s DSG teacher and Upper Highway mother agreed: “I have always encouraged my children to read, it is the base of all learning, creativity and understanding.
“The bookshelves in our home overflow so what a beautiful opportunity to share our books and love for reading than with this campaign and I’d like to encourage our community to do the same.”

Kim Griffith Jones, The Robin Hood Foundation co-ordinator, asked the community to help them reach their goal to provide educational upliftment for up to 20 crèches highlighted in community liaison communities by collecting 5 000 books and educational toys that will help with the children’s development.
“We are planning to visit these crèches at the end March and take an Easter party to the children to create a fun and memorable day for them,” she said.

How you can help:

· Donate new colouring-in books and crayons

· Donate excellent condition second- hand books for all ages and educational toys or puzzles (only complete pieces)

· Donate marshmallow Easter Eggs for their Easter parties

· Corporates “make your mark” and donate a bookshelf with a plaque for R1 000.

If you’d like to get involved, contact Griffith Jones on 076 612 9060 or email robinhoodfund@telkomsa.net

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