Grade 7s to show off reading skills

2015-05-06 09:33

Grade 7 pupils are to compete in a reading competition at libraries across the city.

The seventh annual competition includes 73 libraries and thousands of pupils.

Participating schools hold elimination rounds. The winners from the library rounds advance to the district rounds, then on to the finals. Only 18 pupils will make it to the finals.

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

They are competing in the three official languages in the Western Cape, explains Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects.

“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,” she says.

“Reading helps children to improve language and listening skills. It improves fluency, which helps pupils become confident speakers who are able to express themselves coherently. It also strengthens their ability to comprehend information and concepts.

“Improved reading abilities can lead to marked improvements in a child’s performance in other subjects as they’re able to read and understand instructions,” she says.

Pupils who are interested in participating must approach their schools, who in turn can liaise with their local libraries for details

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