Fight Illiteracy: Build a Reading Nation | Western Cape Government

Fight Illiteracy: Build a Reading Nation

(Provincial Cabinet, Western Cape Government)
International Literacy Day is celebrated in September every year. The day is commemorated in accordance with its founding by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 17 November 1965.

The day serves to highlight the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies.

The Western Cape Departments of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Education and Social Development, in conjunction with the Centre for the Book, hosted an event at the Red Cross Children's Hospital on Thursday, 8 September 2011. The event, themed "Reading - The Cure for Illiteracy", brought a sense of hope to children at Red Cross Children's Hospital and served as a beacon of motivation for all children to read.

Children at the event were entertained by inspirational stories read by Dr Sindiwe Magona and Pedro the "Music Man". Learners from the surrounding schools and children from the hospital presented reading items in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans.

Western Cape Minister of Education, Donald Grant, said literacy was important in moulding individuals and shaping communities. He highlighted the importance of promoting literacy among school children and the youth at large. "Literacy is one of the most important skills our children need in terms of their education and is the foundation upon which all further learning is built. Therefore, the significance attached to the development of our young learners' literacy skills through reading books should not be underestimated," he said.

At the end of the day's programme, the dignitaries visited the hospital wards and handed out gift packs to children.

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