Schools gear up for reading

2015-04-30 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Services (LIS) Department is hosting its seventh annual reading competition which will ultimately include 73 libraries and thousands of learners.

The preliminary rounds have already started and will run until August.

The City’s reading competition was originally developed and implemented in one library, but now boasts participants from 73 libraries across the city.

This number increases each year.

The winners from the library rounds advance to the district rounds, then on to the finals.

The library rounds are set to end in August, with the final scheduled for September at the Athlone Civic Centre.

Participating schools hold elimination rounds where all of the Grade Seven learners compete to qualify for the district reading competitions.

Last year, more than 1 000 learners from 275 schools participated.

Only 18 learners will make it to the finals. They are competing in each of the three official languages in the Western Cape.

‘The competition addresses reading challenges and helps to build relationships between local libraries and schools.

We are committed to developing reading skills and encouraging a reading culture among our children.

Literacy is a gateway to opportunity so competitions like this allow us to truly make progress possible, together with our young residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.

Alderman Walker said that reading also helped to develop the mind and imagination.

Learners who are interested in participating must approach their schools. Schools can contact their local libraries for details

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