literacy

 
To read, play and eat cupcakes in Tembisa
To read, play and eat cupcakes in Tembisa
Storytelling is an ancient art that remains central to human communication. In a country such as South Africa, which is faced with a reading...
Nans’ indaba my children: In Africa with Avi and Kumbi
Nans’ indaba my children: In Africa with Avi and Kumbi
‘Initially, it was gonna be just trivia. Like, ‘What is the highest mountain?’ Volcanoes, you know, just fun,” says historian and educationist Nomalanga Mkhize about the evolution of a new children’s book, In Africa with Avi and Kumbi, published through the imprint Phaphamani...
Don’t drop the ball, for our children’s sake
Don’t drop the ball, for our children’s sake
This is a crucial year for education. Children starting school this year will complete their 12 years of basic education by 2030. The United...
Let our children play – and inspire them to read and learn
Let our children play – and inspire them to read and learn
I was born and bred in the township of Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal. It is the fourth-largest township in South Africa and the only township with its...
Every child deserves to be read aloud to
Every child deserves to be read aloud to
For 10 years, World Read Aloud Day has drawn global attention to the importance of this activity and sharing stories. Celebrated on February  1,...
Reading aloud for literacy
Reading aloud for literacy
Good stories, be they factual or fantastic, unveil some of the mysteries of the world. The writer of factual stories informs us of current and...
How you can be part of the solution to our literacy crisis
How you can be part of the solution to our literacy crisis
I lead a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) that supports early literacy in under-resourced communities. I’ve been doing this work for 13 years,...
Slice of life: Reading, the balm to pain
Slice of life: Reading, the balm to pain
By the time we got to the town of Laingsburg in the Western Cape, I couldn’t bend my knee and had to go to hospital because it was so swollen....
Reading should be a delight, not a duty
Reading should be a delight, not a duty
Literacy Month ended in September and it is vital that our literacy woes do not fall by the wayside until September rolls round again.
Stories in mother tongues matter
Stories in mother tongues matter
Last week, American actor Michael B Jordan caused a furore when, in a Vanity Fair interview, he bemoaned the nonexistence of black...
Telling tales leads to literacy
Telling tales leads to literacy
The theme of this year’s Nozincwadi Storytelling and Book Festival is “From the Bones of Memory”. 
Children must be able to read with comprehension about their heritage
Children must be able to read with comprehension about their heritage
If you make it to the end of this opinion piece and understand what you’ve read, consider yourself lucky.

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