Councillor promotes reading

2019-02-12 06:00
Councillor Elizabeth Brunette during the Read Aloud Day.

Councillor Elizabeth Brunette during the Read Aloud Day.

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Local councillor Elizabeth Brunette rolled up her sleeves and walked the walk of promoting education within her ward.

Brunette has been voicing her interest in education since taking over ward 62 and she allocated about R10 000 this financial year to boost services offered at Wynberg Library. Her most recent gesture was reading to more than 100 learners from various pre-primary and primary schools in the ward during the World Read Aloud Day event held at Wynberg Library on Friday 1 February.

Brunette took turns with a few teachers to read and encourage learners to start reading from a young age. She decided to be part of the day to inspire young children and show them that reading is for everyone. She said Wynberg Library is the “heart” of book lovers where they can read and access more books, for both young and old. “Over the years we see the number of readerships growing and I support the desire to have a bigger library in the ward. This is important because it is the only one we have, and we understand its value to our citizens. The more people read the better. Reading goes hand in hand with education. If you cannot read or have no education, you cannot get a job.”

The principal of one of the schools that attended the Read Aloud Day, Sumaya Obaray of Precious Angels, said her learners loved the sessions and came back to school inspired to read. She said that by starting to expose learners to books from a young age, they want to emphasise the value of reading even during this technology-wise era.

Nadia Ismail, Wynberg’s principal librarian, said they were pleased by the enormous support their initiative received from local schools and the councillor. She said learners enjoyed themselves and showed interest in books and learning about the library.

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