Maps Maponyane takes a stand to improve literacy

2018-04-25 06:01
Learners at Kama Primary School with TV personality Maps Maponyane.                   Photo:WILL WALTON

Learners at Kama Primary School with TV personality Maps Maponyane. Photo:WILL WALTON

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LEARNERS at Kama Primary School were overwhelmed with joy as South African TV personality Maps Maponyane visited the New Brighton school, together with Novus Holdings, for a campaign for World Book Day.

The campaign was aimed at promoting reading for pleasure and highlighted the importance of literacy among young children.

“Growing up I had a stutter and lacked self-esteem. Through reading and cultivating a love for books, I overcame this challenge.

“Reading has the power to transform lives by lifting the youth out of dire circumstances and I believe that education is the answer to unlocking our country’s potential,” said Maponyane.

He read the popular Dr Seuss story “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” to an auditorium of eager learners who could not wait to meet their role model.

Maponyane autographed and donated a copy of the book to the school.

Novus Holdings is South Africa’s leading commercial printing and manufacturing company. Together with the New Africa Education Foundation (NAEF), they have donated seven mobile libraries filled with a variety of children’s favourite books to each grade at Kama Primary.

The mobile libraries can be wheeled from one classroom to another.

The initiative forms part of the “Read to Lead” campaign, which aims to promote reading for pleasure and highlights why literacy is the gateway to a better future.

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