Kids read out loud to others

2015-04-30 06:00
Pupils and teachers from Itsitsa Primary school in Mfuleni celebrated World Book Day through reading competitions.

Lindile Mbontsi

Pupils and teachers from Itsitsa Primary school in Mfuleni celebrated World Book Day through reading competitions. PHOTO: Lindile Mbontsi

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“A NATION that read is a nation that prospers.”

This is the message that the principal of Itsitsa Primary school in Mfuleni told his pupils as they celebrated the World Book Day on Thursday.

All other lessons for ground to a halt as the pupils took part in reading competitions. They read all different kinds of materials like novels, poems, charts. They all read out loud to each other.

Hazel Peter, the deputy principal said pupils must know that there is a message in everything that is written.

“We were telling kids about the importance of reading because that book was written so that a message is passed.

They shouldn’t just look at the book but be curious of what’s inside. They should learn and be encouraged to read even if they are not at school,” she said.

Siyabonga Kepu (9), in grade 4, said it was a day of fun.

“I really enjoyed this day, I’m a curious person so I enjoyed reading out loud to other kids. Teachers taught us not only to read at school but we should buy books and visit the library so that we get a lot of different information,” he said Kepu.

Simphiwe Ulana, principal, said this day was mainly to encourage every pupil to read and do it all the time.

“We are planting a culture of reading. This is not the first time that we have done this. We encourage kids to be able to read in front of each other and to learn from each other. Kids really seemed to enjoy it.

“Those who can read out loud were also learning from others and you could see that they also want to be better. All the information is in the books so if they don’t open the books they will never learn so we were just emphasizing the importance of reading,” said Ulana.

World Book Day, also known as International Day of the Book, was established by UNESCO in 1995 to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

Librarians across the city also marked this day by actively promoting books, stories and reading

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