World Literacy Day: "literacy and sustainable societies"

The 8th of September is International Literacy Day. Initiated by Unesco, the day was first observed in 1966 with the aim to promote literacy as basic human right.

The DG Murray Trust has pulled together a range of resources based on research and the work of number grantees to showcase the immense power of reading to re-shape a nation.

Speaking to CapeTalk’s John Maytham, Dr David Harrison CEO of DG Murray Trust explained DG Murray trust as a private foundation dedicated to developing the potential of South Africans through literacy.

Their work spans from all forms of childhood learning to nutrition and youth leadership.

The very essence of learning is based on the early experiences that lead to language and communication.

Dr David Harrison CEO of DG Murray Trust

If the entire population South Africa was literate the following would be the benefits:

  • Our GDP per capita would be up to 30% higher if all South Africans were sufficiently literate to participate in the formal economy.

  • The degree to which children acquire language skills is a strong predictor of future academic success, educational attainment, employment and income.

  • Reading is a powerful tool to tackle poverty and inequality: when children read for pleasure, it has a greater effect on their educational achievement than their family’s socio-economic status.

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:


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