Lephalale - Community members, stakeholders including school principals and government officials came together to honour the joy and power of reading and sharing stories during the World Reading Aloud Day. The celebrations were held at Thabo Mbeki Full Service Primary school in Palala South circuit, Waterberg district.

World Reading Aloud Day is recognised because it provides an opportunity for people to celebrate the joy of reading aloud and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right belonging to everyone. For more than ten (10) years, World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find audience and read aloud! The global effort is now celebrated in over 173 countries and counting.

Letsoalo Reggie, coordinator from Nal’ibali Limpopo Province explained that reading aloud by children on World Read Aloud Day shows commitment to the power of literacy, and this has become a practical way of showing everyone to think about reading matters. According to Letsoalo reading aloud motivates children to learn to read for themselves, keep reading while they also develops imagination, vocabulary & language abilities that allows them to experience reading as a satisfying activity.

In her keynote address, Ms Maimane from National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) urged parents to teach their kids to read at home. “Let us encourage them to read every day, not only to watch the cartoons on television, and in doing so they will take reading further. You read so that you get knowledge. The Reading Revolution provides access to great literature. We run shared reading groups where participants listen to short stories and poems by reading aloud. Drop everything for 30 minutes and read a book. She urged schools to set aside 30 minutes for children to read for enjoyment every day and further requested parents to support their children in practicing their reading skills each day. I make appeal for businesses to adopt and sponsor reading resources for schools,” concluded Maimane.

Learners from Nku Primary, Morukhurukhung primary and Thabo Mbeki Primary were given an opportunity to showcase their presentations in reading poems and speech.

Story: Ndivhuwo Mukhada