If you can read you can learn
At the end of last year, the report, Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, was released and especially shocked South Africans to the core. The results of this international study found that approximately eight out of every 10 Grade 4 learners in South African schools are unable to read with understanding in the language of their choice. Children’s ability to read is vital for them to be able to learn.
Concern is already being voiced that the greatest challenge for South Africa in the next decade is to ensure that the pre-primary and foundation phase education is prioritised.
A number of years ago, the Bible Society, after thorough research developed Bible-based literacy material to promote basic reading and writing skills. The two booklets, My first Bible Do and Learn Book and My 2nd Bible Do and Learn Book are available in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Sesotho, isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. The Siswati and isiNdebele material will be published in 2018.
Various schools already use the available material with approval of the foundation phase departments of education departments. It is also used in pre-primary schools and even Sunday schools. The booklets are made available free of charge to schools and groups who are unable to afford it, and in 2017, approximately 57 000 children received Bible-based (literacy) booklets.
Besides the fact that these booklets help children to develop their reading and writing skills, they also discover the biblical message at a very young age.
- teachers who are involved in foundation phase education
- every child who receives one of these Bible-based (literacy) booklets.