Books at home best for learning

2017-05-09 06:00
The Learning in Reach team is on a mission to build a new early childhood development centre, Rock of the Hills, for the children of Lavender Hill. They will also deliver 6700 children’s books while raising R1m to support parent empowerment programmes.

The Learning in Reach team is on a mission to build a new early childhood development centre, Rock of the Hills, for the children of Lavender Hill. They will also deliver 6700 children’s books while raising R1m to support parent empowerment programmes.

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Former president Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

His words resonate with the Learning in Reach team, who are on a mission to build an early childhood development (ECD) centre of excellence in Lavender Hill to drive change and provide hope to the community’s children.

Having secured land to build, they are going full steam ahead with preparations, including teacher training, resource making and fundraising.

As Mandela Day on 18 July is on the horizon, the members of Learning in Reach are preparing to deliver 6700 books to the children of Lavender Hill, while raising R1m to support parent empowerment programmes and to start construction on the new ECD centre, Rock of the Hills.

Leanne Reid, project director of Learning in Reach, says international studies have revealed that, regardless of nationality, level of education and parents’ economic status, children who grew up with books in their homes reached a higher level of education than those who did not.

“If you can read, you can learn anything you set your mind to. Developing a love of reading and improving literacy levels cannot be underestimated as a tool for changing lives,” says Reid.

The members of Learning in Reach delivered a library to Zerilda Park Primary School earlier this year and are working on a second school library.

Reid says: “The enthusiasm demonstrated by the children in the new library has shown us that they have a desire to read and learn. Putting a book in the hands of every child at each of the four primary schools and every ECD centre in the area brings reading into the home, some of which would not have seen a book before.

“It gives the child the key to unlock his true potential.

“We invite businesses to host a fundraising event on Mandela Day. Our Learning in Reach team will set up a pop-up bookshop where their staff can spend 67 minutes selecting a book, writing a personalised motivational message and wrapping the book as a gift for a child.”

V For more information email Leanne Reid on ­hello@­learninginreach.org.za.

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