Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)

KZN Museum nurtures young readers

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The KZN Museum is using World Read Aloud Day this year to launch the museum’s second reading club at a local primary school.

The museum will also be celebratin­g World Read Aloud Day by visiting KwaNgubeni Primary School and Arthur Blaxall School for the Visually Impaired this week. For the last two years the museum has been commemorat­ing World Read Aloud Day by hosting storytelli­ng sessions at local schools.

After a very successful Reading Aloud Day at Emafakatin­i Primary School in 2021, the museum decided to initiate a weekly reading club with Grade 3 learners. Since then, the reading club has grown and gained a lot more interest from other schools, leading the museum to start a second reading group at Maria Memorial Primary.

“We will have learners from different grades participat­e by reading aloud stories of their choices. In addition, there will be an isiZulu and English reading session with grade 4, 5 and 6 learners, facilitate­d by Siboniso Gcumisa, the museum’s heritage, symbols and cultural history intern. Our library staff will also be talking to the learners about how to care for and handle books,” explained the museum’s marketing co-ordinator, Viranna Frank.

The purpose of the museum’s reading clubs is to foster a love for reading and writing among children through interactiv­e storytelli­ng; increase children’s verbal proficienc­y; enhance listening skills; improve oral expression and teach children about the world around them.

For more informatio­n about the reading groups, contact Mrs Ntombela on 033 341 0507 / sndlovu@nmsa.org.za

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