Read aloud campaign reaches over 1.5m children

2019-02-20 06:01
photo: suppliedSome of the children at the Read Aloud Day event.

photo: suppliedSome of the children at the Read Aloud Day event.

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READING aloud for children improves vocabulary and introduces new words to them.

As millions of South African children observed National Read-Aloud Day, the SA NGO that promotes the culture of reading, Nal’ibali, set a record this year when it reached a total of 1 559 730 children as part of its annual World Read Aloud Day campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness on the importance of reading aloud for children’s literacy development. Every year, the organisation embarks on a campaign to call on caregivers to read a created story to the children in their home language.

Managing director at Nal’ibali Jade Jacobsohn said reading is a powerful tool to tackle inequality and poverty.

“We are excited by the thousands of adults joining in the celebration. The day was an explosion of reading and joy and, through a massive collective effort, we reached close to 10% of South Africa’s children.

“But, while this is an important and exciting first step, we now need to ensure that we keep a habit of reading alive in our homes, classrooms, and communities throughout the year if we want to ensure our children have the best possible chance of succeeding at school and in life,” the director said.

Jacobsohn encouraged members of the public to visit Nal’ibali’s website at www.nalibali.org where a wealth of multilingual literacy resources as well as stories for children in different South African languages can be accessed for free.

For those wishing to get further involved in their community’s literacy development, she advised signing up to the Nal’ibali FUNda Leader­ network — a volunteer network which offers training, support and ideas on nurturing reading-for-enjoyment among children.

— Supplied.

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