Read­ing helps in­mate deal with neg­a­tiv­ity

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - FRONT PAGE - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­

READ­ING has as­sisted an in­mate from the Tswelopele Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices cen­tre in Kim­ber­ley to clear his mind and re­move neg­a­tiv­ity from his life.

Speak­ing at the launch of the read­ing pro­gramme for in­mates, Wes­ley Dyson said join­ing a book club also helped him im­prove his read­ing skills.

“I was a stressed per­son, read­ing helped me to be­come calm and also think thor­oughly be­fore tak­ing de­ci­sions, that is what I have learnt from be­ing part of this ini­tia­tive,” he told other in­mates and the com­mu­nity at the cen­tre yes­ter­day.

“Go­ing for­ward, it is go­ing to help me to pol­ish my vo­cab­u­lary and as­sist me to be pos­i­tive when en­gag­ing with peo­ple in higher po­si­tions than me and not speak in ver­nac­u­lar of where I am com­ing from. It will ben­e­fit me in fu­ture,” he said.

An­other par­tic­i­pant Si­nazo Memela said she had gained con­fi­dence through read­ing.

“I have seen that I can achieve a lot of things in the fu­ture through read­ing a lot even if I’m in prison. The pro­gramme has also showed me that I can change my ways and be a bet­ter per­son,” she said.

Pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor of the com­pe­ti­tion Te­bogo Mo­fo­keng said most of the stu­dents who were par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion were study­ing and this was en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to join in.

“This read­ing for re­demp­tion was startes in 2012 na­tion­ally with the fo­cus of in­still­ing a love and cul­ture of read­ing among the in­mates. Here in our re­gion we started in 2015.

“Through read­ing a per­son can grow, through read­ing a per­son can study and learn and this has been con­tin­u­ing for the past three years so that this could be the cul­ture we give to in­mates,” she said.

Mo­fo­keng said they were en­cour­ag­ing book clubs in the cen­tres to en­sure stu­dents were en­gag­ing with one an­other.

“Pupils are in­ter­ested in the pro­gramme. We have seen a lot of changes in pupils. The ma­jor­ity of them are study­ing and have an in­ter­est in be­ing part and par­cel of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s fun for them and they en­joy read­ing, we also en­cour­age such types of ini­tia­tive,” she said.

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