Learners encouraged to read out loud

2018-01-31 06:02

Omo Ole Books in Bloemfontein will mark World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) on 1 February by hosting a reading session for the learners in the foundation phase of the Marang Primary School in Bloemfontein.

The WRAD initiative motivates children, teens and adults to celebrate the power of words.

This global literacy movement is about taking action and showing the world that everyone has the right to read and write.

Everyone is encouraged to celebrate this day by grabbing a book, finding an audience and reading out loud.

Trevor Mokeyane, the principal publisher and director of Omo Ole, says the reading session on World Read Aloud Day aims to promote a school-wide reading culture.

“After consultation with the school management, we deem it important to contribute towards the promotion of WRAD by reading to the learners.”

This reading session follows research by the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which revealed that Gr. 4 learners in South Africa cannot read with comprehension.

“We know one of the reasons is that they are not being read to,” says Mokeyane. The research released on Tuesday shows that nearly eight out of ten of Grade 4 students in South Africa could not read for meaning.

The study sampled 12 810 Gr. 4 learners from 293 schools across the country.

Altogether 78% of Gr. 4 learners fell below the lowest internationally recognised level of reading literacy.

In an effort to address this challenge, Mokeyane says a decision has been made to encourage learners to read books written in their home language.

“Reading in Tswana, for example, as a home language is quite important in the children’s formative years,” he says. “It is a starting point to address the greater challenge.”

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