Read to become powerful

2015-09-09 06:00
BOB TLADI speaking to the congregation during the launch of the Drop All and Read campaign at the St Peter’s Methodist Church in Bloemfontein.

BOB TLADI speaking to the congregation during the launch of the Drop All and Read campaign at the St Peter’s Methodist Church in Bloemfontein.

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BOB TLADI, the acting district director of THE Motheo Education District, has urged all South Africans to develop a reading culture.

He was speaking during the launch of the Drop All and Read Campaign at the St Peter’s Methodist Church in Bochabela, Bloemfontein, on Sunday.

The Drop All and Read is a national campaign created to promote the importance and value of reading in schools and beyond.

“The purpose of reading is to increase vocabulary, comprehension and mastery of the language.

“Reading should not only be done in English. It can be in any of the 11 official languages in our country,” explained Tladi.

“We want to appeal to parents to encourage their children to read books, newspapers and novels at home. Reading should be incorporated into children’s daily lives from an early age as books should be an enjoy-able experience for them.

“Parents can just ask their children to read something for them for at least 15 minutes per day. By doing this parents can say our children are able to read.

“These are the challenges they have when it comes to reading and this is how we can actually assist them,” he said.

“Where parents cannot read, the parents can do a storytelling for children. Better still, they can use books with pictures and then interpret those pictures to the kids.

That is as good as reading and it also builds the children’s vocabulary,” he added.

Intead of buying expensive gadgets for kids, Tladi said, parents should use that money to buy books.

“As parents we need to invest more in reading and buy books for our children, because a powerful nation is a reading nation.”

Tladi has also made a plea to churches and community organisations to encourage reading and start campaigns for the donation of books.

“Churches can dedicate time to one of their church services where they can identify learners to read for the congregation.

“Reading should not only happen in a school environment, it should happen everywhere,” he concluded

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