New isiXhosa Bible-based literacy booklet launched

2015-09-16 06:00
From left are Diborah Hirigetho (Gr 1), Judah Lewis (Gr R), ds. Dirk Gevers (South African Bible Society), Andrew Wicks (Gr R) and Tinibet Godebo (Gr 1) at the launch of the isiXhosa Bible. 
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THEO JEPTHA

From left are Diborah Hirigetho (Gr 1), Judah Lewis (Gr R), ds. Dirk Gevers (South African Bible Society), Andrew Wicks (Gr R) and Tinibet Godebo (Gr 1) at the launch of the isiXhosa Bible. Photo: THEO JEPTHA

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THE South African Bible Society launched the all new isiXhosa Bible -based literacy booklet on September 8, at Settlers Park Primary School.

This event coincided with International Literacy Day.

The book is especially designed for learners from Grade R to Grade 2, and is already available in Afrikaans and English.

The idea behind the booklet emerged when the Bible Society learned that so many children in poor settlements don’t have access to Bibles and basic education.

At the launch, Chief Executive Officer of the Bible Society, ds. Dirk Gevers, spoke to the children and encouraged them to read.

“The Bible Society’s task is community orientated, and with this project, we want to make a difference in our community, by giving hope,” said ds. Gevers.

The society approached two qualified isiXhosa native speakers to assist with the development, translation and editing of the booklet. The two women are Pamela Ncapai, a former teacher who is currently involved in the training of Grade R teachers, and Ncebakazi Faith Saliwa-Mogale from NF Saliwa Publishing.

“The Sesotho Bible-based literacy booklet is currently in the pipeline, and the isiZulu and Sepedi will follow shortly,” said Gevers.

For more info contact the Bible House at 021 910 8705, or send an e-mail to: biblia@biblesociety.co.za

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