Thousands of learners from across the province participated in the Drop All and Read Campaign last Friday.
The campaign is part of the International Literacy Day as proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 26 October 1966.
The campaign seeks to create a culture of reading in our schools and explore how digital technologies can support progress towards sustainable development.
The department has several programmes in place to improve the reading and literacy levels of South African children.
The Drop All and Read is an initiative in which 30 minutes of dedicated reading is allocated to learners and all members of a school community, e.g. the Principal, Head of Departments, teachers, general staff, etc. to read for leisure and enjoyment. The variety of reading texts may be any of the reading genres, e.g. novels, drama, folklore, magazines, newspaper articles, short stories, etc. Story telling is targeted for younger learners e.g. Early Childhood Development (ECD) or Grade R.
The programme was officially launched in the province on 22nd July 2015.
According to Zerline Vywers, the Provincial Co-ordinator: Intersen Phase for English and Afrikaans, the schools must ensure that they keep the momentum of the campaign.
“We appeal to the schools to keep up the momentum and that this habit becomes part of the weekly activities within the schooling environment,” says Vywers.
Learners from Tsholotsega Public School and Lewisham in Kagiso enjoyed the occasion. Mohau Moabinyana, a Grade 3 learner from Soul City Informal settlement read the novel ” King of the Street”.
“It is an interesting book about animals I was not aware that animals can communicate like us human beings, says the bright - eyed boy who hopes to become a pilot one day.
The principal of the school, Nozibele Rajuile, alluded to the positive effect that the programme had on the learners.
“We have seen an improvement in reading and spelling ever since we started with this programme. It makes teaching easier for the educators,” remarked Rajuile.