High levels of literacy are essential for economic growth, prosperity and the sustainability of democracy and will ensure the sustainability of stability and society. So said Mondli Makhanya in his presentation to the more than 120 stakeholders who came together this Literacy Day to talk about the importance of literacy to democracy and prosperity in South Africa.
We love seeing children gain confidence in their reading ability and develop a love for books. But we also know all too well that children won’t read for pleasure if they can’t understand what they read.
Beanstalk thinks about books and other reading materials in a way that’s a bit different to the traditional system of libraries. We try to think about the likely use of the material and not about classifying the type of material, where likely use is determined by children’s interest.
Mandela Day at help2read is about doing more of what we do best: spreading our love of reading and strengthening our fight for literacy.
There’s a saying that goes, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”. We couldn’t agree more. Learning to read is a foundational skill. It is essential not only for success in school and beyond, but also for the development of our cognitive abilities such as reasoning and deduction.
Answers to the question “Why is reading so important to children?” are hardly difficult to come by: research abounds, governmental policy proliferates, and society long ago appeared to have reached a general consensus as to the importance of reading to a child’s chances of success in later life…
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