A Progress in International Reading Literacy study which was conducted in 2016 found that the majority of South African pupils, 78 percent, cannot read with understanding until the end of Grade 4.

Hoping to improve those numbers is local NGO, The Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy.

According to IOL News, the NGO wants to deliver mobile libraries to schools nationally, with the aim to improve the literacy of primary school pupils and encourage reading.

“Not all teachers were trained to teach early literacy, and early literacy is very important for the beginning years of learning. The teachers must play a role of reading fluently because children will follow them,” said chief executive of the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, Masennya Dikotla.

The executive adds that many children relied on their teachers at schools to teach them literacy because parents were unable to read, especially in rural areas across South Africa.

Furthermore IOL News notes that the mobile library is made up of 300 books, and each mobile library costs R35 000.

“Only 10 percent of South African schools have functioning libraries, we have delivered mobile libraries to five provinces so far and we hope to negotiate with corporate companies in the Western Cape to come on board,” concluded Dikotla.

[Source – IOL News] [Image – CC 0 Pixabay]