Addressing the shocking state of literacy in SA

2017-12-15 06:00

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An enduring crisis is currently plaguing South Africans, with the effects being far-reaching and deeper than we care to acknowledge. From bustling cities to rural landscapes, this epidemic is non-discriminatory and makes its impact known regardless of race, gender or class, despite destruction being felt most deeply by the poorest citizens of this beautiful country.

It perpetuates the cycle of poverty and is likely to bring Mzansi to its knees if not dealt with timeously. The crisis? Illiteracy.

The statistics speak for themselves when it comes to the poor state of literacy in South Africa, but what are we willing to do about it? 

Reading is an important factor for education, experience, knowledge and imagination building. The Department of Basic Education launched the “read to lead” campaign in 2015 and this year (2017), MANCOSA officially announced its partnership with the Department of Basic Education and New Africa Education Foundation (NAEF), which is aimed at contributing to the “read-to-lead” campaign. MANCOSA was proud to officially launch the first of many mobile libraries which will be rolled out to various schools nationally. These mobile libraries will be filled with grade specific books and are aimed at combating the many difficulties that schools in South Africa face in terms of managing and controlling library resources and infrastructure.  


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