Bible-based literacy project



To promote basic literacy, as well as Bible literacy, among children in the foundation stages of education through Bible-based literacy material.


  • Thousands of children in poor areas are not exposed to literacy in the same way as privileged children and they often start their school careers at a disadvantage.
  • After thorough research, the Bible Society 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 and Sesotho. The Sesotho booklets were launched in 2016, while the isiZulu will be launched in 2017.
  • The Sepedi material is already in the test phase while the development of the series in Setswana, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Siswati and isiNdebele is underway.
  • Any person who can read can, with the help of the accompanying manual and flashcards, teach others these basic skills.
  • Suitable partners (churches, organisations and individuals) help to implement the programme.
  • The booklets are made available free of charge to schools and organisations who cannot afford to buy the booklets. In 2016, some 80 600 children received these Bible-based booklets.


Expected impact
  • Some children who live in poverty will learn to read and write.
  • Children will also learn more about God and the Bible from an early age.
  • Many children who receive the booklets come from homes where neither of their parents can read. They may take their booklets home and teach their parents to read.


How can you help?

R937 500 is needed in 2017 to ensure that there are enough copies of these booklets available for free distribution and for the development of the booklets in additional languages.


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