Joy­ful Read­ing to aid lit­er­acy

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To en­cour­age read­ing among chil­dren, East London li­braries have started a Joy­ful Read­ing pro­gramme which will in­tro­duce the cul­ture of read­ing through fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties.

Singer and song­writer San­diswa Jo­bod­wana, who forms part of the ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme, said Joy­ful Read­ing was to help with the men­tal and phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren.

“There is a lack of read­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties and for this rea­son we are look­ing into invit­ing schools, as well as to take part our­selves and help those chil­dren who can’t spell, read or write,” she said.

The pro­gramme will be packed with fun ac­tiv­i­ties, such as draw­ing, role-play­ing, writ­ing songs and more.

“We will also have a water sta­tion where we will ed­u­cate about hy­giene and the im­por­tance of water, a nose-blow­ing sta­tion to teach man­ners and eti­quette, a Lego sta­tion for cre­ative and phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, as well as a home­work sta­tion to help with home­work,” Jo­bod­wana said.

Nal’ibali lit­er­acy men­tor Abongile Da­vani said: “Read­ing en­joy­ment comes in var­i­ous forms and the li­brary is pro­vid­ing that space for chil­dren to not only as­so­ciate the li­brary with read­ing, but to also as­so­ciate it with fun while learn­ing and get­ting as­sis­tance with their school­work”.

Li­braries tak­ing part in the Joy­ful Read­ing pro­gramme, in­clude: East London Main Li­brary, Vin­cent, Cam­bridge, Greenfields, Park­side, Gompo, Buf­falo Flats, Gonu­bie, Bea­con Bay, Bea­con Bay, as well as Brae­lyn.

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