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2016-02-16 06:00
 A reading project at an inner-city crèche sees pupils visiting Central Library and choosing books to take home to read.

A reading project at an inner-city crèche sees pupils visiting Central Library and choosing books to take home to read.

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The sight of over 50 pre-school children signing and skipping along a busy CBD street caught many unaware on Tuesday morning.

The children – aged between four and six – paused their excited chatter only to stop and greet passers-by, explaining that they were on their way to the library.

In a first for inner-city crèches, Pikkieland pre-school and crèche has started running a reading programme that sees pupils visiting Central Library once a month for storytelling and to borrow books for reading at home.

However, escorting such a large number of small children to the library posed challenges, says principal Mariam Papier, which prompted the school staff to request traffic officers to accompany the children – not only to keep them safe, but also to instil road safety rules.

The project not only serves as an exciting outing for the little ones, but also looks to grow a love for reading, Papier says.

“We hope to instil the love for books and reading as well as the ability to handle books with care and respect from an early age,” she says.

The pre-school believes early reading will boost later pupil performance, Papier explains.

“Reading helps in all subjects and life in general. If a child cannot read a question with concept, he will not be able to answer it accordingly. If one is able to read, you can easily read yourself out of any situation,” she says.

Only running for a few months, the results of the programme are yet to be seen, Papier says.

“I am so positive about the project, and I believe that this will be a standing project as books never go out of fashion,” she says.

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