Empowered learners ‘brought to book’, reading for the future

Unathi Malota and Siyamthanda Dlasi present their book review as Ashley Qimngqoshe looks on during the Mandela Day event in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe
Unathi Malota and Siyamthanda Dlasi present their book review as Ashley Qimngqoshe looks on during the Mandela Day event in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

You have heard of the saying: Bringing criminals to book, which means they have been apprehended or arrested.

But Sisonke Mengcane and his fellow volunteer friends want to bring learners from Khayelitsha to book, in a different kind of way.

This means that the lot are working tirelessly to bring the love of all things written into the lives of young learners. Apprehension with comprehension, some suggest.

Ikusasa Lethu is a tutoring organisation which not only wants to see improvement in the academic sphere of learners, but also as more book worms.

The organisation was started by Mengcane earlier this year.

On Tuesday, the organisation held its Mandela Day event where young learners were motivated about the positives of keeping an eye on the books.

“The aim of today’s event is to get young people reading so the event is about the importance of literacy. This is in line with our objective, which is to give young learners the support that we didn’t have,” said Mengcane, 20.

At the event, the young learners reviewed books that they had read in the session that took place on Monday.

“We want them to be confident about reading. We want to empower them and instil discipline; we want them to experience the power of literacy.

More than 80 young children had benefitted from attending the event.

He said that the event was a great success as they have even started receiving book donations.

“We want this to be annual event for children to look up to.

Thando Mkoyi, from Nal’ibali told the learners to explore reading as well as writing.

“We have more than 1200 reading clubs all over the country where we make sure that young people read and write, in particular their mother tongue.

It is easier for young learners like you to understand something when it is in their home language. There are plenty of books that you can read and enjoy,” he said.

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