Mudimeli Village- Reading
clubs are designed to help young children to develop a delighted and enjoyable
reading habit. A reading club is a setting where lovers of books and stories
gather on a regular basis to read, share stories, and discuss what they are
reading with kids of all ages.
a successful launch of Book Club programme in Mopani East a few months ago,
Limpopo Department of Education, in partnership with National Collaboration
Education Trust (NECT), Principals and Circuit Managers joined MEC for
Education in Limpopo, Mavhungu-Lerule Ramakhanya when she steered her second
book club to Mitumba Primary School at Mudimeli Village under Vhembe West
Education District, Makhado Local Municipality on 26 September 2023.
book club programme is an initiative aimed at encouraging learners across all
grades in the province to acquire interest in reading. This programme is meant
to address the identified gap of learners at lower grades who cannot read with
understanding. This is a great way to motivate learners to read, get them
talking about books, and have them sharing ideas as well as to enhance their
communication and social skills
her keynote address, MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya shared with the learners the
benefits for regular interaction with books.
"As the department, we need to come up with a programme that we give you support
deliberately and consciously so for you to be able to start in the quest of
reading for meaning, to understand what you will be reading. The book club that
we launched, today is the continuous programme, we brought books for you to be
able to read. We want to also say to you, the fact that you are in primary
school does not mean that we as government cannot take care of you. For the
book club programme to continue to exist, all of you should be able to
participate in reading, it means the books that we are bringing, you are
allowed to take the book home to be able to read and bring it back to share
with the other leaners" explained MEC.
book club programme will be rolled out to other Education Districts. Priority
is given to schools that were identified to be recipients of trolley bin
libraries from social partners. Mitumba and Siyandhani Primary Schools that
hosted the launch and the follow-up programme are also lined-up to receive the
mobile trolley bins.
By Ndivhuwo Mukhada