With the poor literacy levels in South Africa, national reading-for-enjoyment campaign Nal'ibali are on a mission to reach 1 million children on World Read Aloud Day.
World Read Aloud Day is on 1 February, and Nal'ibali are encouraging as many people to read The Final Minute by Zukiswa Wanner, out loud to children. Reading out loud to children is a good way to encourage and teach reading. The story is available in all 11 languages.
David Harrison, CEO of DG Murray, says that while the literacy problem is book, there are things we can do to counter the problem, particularly by creating a book rich environment. One challenge is people thinking they cannot help, he adds.
Many parents think that they don't have the power to get their children to read. Some parents say: 'Well I can't read myself.' But you know what, you can tell stories. You don't have to be able to read to - what is most important is that in the first few years of life, children are exposed to words. Because that stimulates their imagination, that gets them thinking creatively. The reading flows from that.— David Harrison, CEO of DG Murray
Listen to the full conversation below:
To help Nal'ibali reach their goal of reading to 1 million children, you can pledge to read their story here.
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