Streaming issues? Report here
money-show-thumbnailjpg money-show-thumbnailjpg
The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
18:00 - 20:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Aubrey Masango Show
See full line-up
The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
18:00 - 20:00
Home
arrow_forward
Politics

'Reading has to be seen as a serious investment'

31 May 2019 12:13 PM
Tags:
Education
Reading
literature
south african literacy
reading children

Elinor Sisulu responds to statistics showing that nearly half of South African children have never read a book with a parent.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed that nearly half of South Africa's children have never read a book with a parent, raising questions about whether or not there has been a culture of reading harnessed in the country.

Puku Foundation executive director Elinor Sisulu has provided context to the problem, with a look at the history of the migrant labour system which has lead to the absence of parents.

She further reflects on Stats SA's research showing that only 33.8% of children live with both parents, while 43.1% of children live with their mother and one in five children live with neither of their parents

Sisulu says the statistics are not surprising and that if you look at the structural damage of apartheid to this day, the majority of parents still have to travel long distances to work and back.

Looking at the work of nongovernmental organisations and government departments, she says more support is needed.

I think one of the big solutions is libraries within schools. The Gauteng Department of Education has done an audit on school libraries, showing that the vast majority of schools don't have functioning school libraries.

Elinor Sisulu, Executive director - Puku Foundation

The heart of the matter is that reading has to be seen as a serious investment. All these organisations, including the one I head, survive on donor funding. We need far more support.

Elinor Sisulu, Executive director - Puku Foundation

Then there is the cultural issue, reading needs to have a cultural context. It is very important and that is to do with language, the local environment because literature is about windows and mirrors. Unfortunately in Africa what we have had mostly is looking out of the window and never knowing ourselves. If you look at you and I for example, when was it that we read a book that reflected our own cultural context?

Elinor Sisulu, Executive director - Puku Foundation

Sisulu says the education system has also affected the confidence of black parents, as well as the belief that they are agents in their children acquiring the ability to read.

Click on the link below to hear the full conversation...


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Reading has to be seen as a serious investment'


31 May 2019 12:13 PM
Tags:
Education
Reading
literature
south african literacy
reading children

More from Politics

20200425ndzonlevel4jpg

Despairing wine farmers to battle Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in court on 18 August

6 August 2020 2:30 PM

"It’s not rational to allow packed taxis, but not a glass of wine in a controlled environment," says Francois Rossouw.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

A R3.8bn civil claim against a 'rouge gallery', but no criminal charges yet...?

6 August 2020 2:16 PM

Eskom and the SIU want to recoup R3.8 billion lost to corruption from former Eskom execs and members of the Gupta family.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cyril-acejpg

'Arrest Ace Magashule – and 1 or 2 others – then things will move fast'

6 August 2020 1:01 PM

“This is good stuff,” says Wayne Duvenage about the halting of pension payouts to government employees implicated in corruption.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

screengrab-of-joe-biden-from-trump-campaign-video-twitterpng

Trump campaign ad shows fake doctored images of Biden painting him as dejected

6 August 2020 10:43 AM

The Trump Campaign released a new ad endorsed by Donald Trump showing opponent Joe Biden looking alone and dejected.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

scz-0623jpg

Bantu Holomisa has an idea to remove ANC 'thieves' from power before 2024

6 August 2020 9:36 AM

"If I was President Cyril Ramaphosa, I would take these suggestions seriously," says the UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19-PPE-personal-protective-equipment-gloves-mask-glasses-healthcare-123rf

PPE corruption: Mboweni must issue Treasury instruction for open tenders, say DA

6 August 2020 9:00 AM

DA Finance Shadow Minister Geordin Hill-Lewis says both the DA and Cosatu warned govt as early as May that graft was inevitable.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Red wine white woman female funny reaction 123rf 123rflifestyle

Alcohol industry 'optimistic' that sales prohibition will soon be lifted

5 August 2020 1:15 PM

"If allowed to trade, we can’t be on the edge of our seats every time that the President is about to speak," pleads Kurt Moore.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Alcohol gender-based violence gbv 123rf 123rflifestyle domestic abuse

How to change boys' perception of what it means to be 'a real man'

5 August 2020 9:52 AM

Refilwe speaks to professors Malose Langa and Kopano Ratele about masculinity and raising upstanding men.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

200804 Zweli Mkhize

[WATCH] Minister Mkhize Covid-19 update 'we're not out of the woods yet'

5 August 2020 7:21 AM

On Wednesday morning Health Minister Zweli Mkhize delivered an update on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Serveusprotest_1352

Impact of divestment will be dire - we need govt action to restore trust in SA

4 August 2020 6:49 PM

'You have to wonder, where is leadership in our society now?' Bruce Whitfield interviews the CDE's Ann Bernstein.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward