World Read Aloud Day at Sacred Heart

Petro Els, a teacher, and Margot Doherty, a parent reading to learners.

Sacred Heart College celebrated World Read Aloud Day on February 1.

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Parents of Sacred Heart learners between Grade R and Grade Four volunteered to read a story aloud to their children’s classes on that day.

Local literacy NGO, Nal’ibali commissioned South African journalist and novelist Zukiswa Wanner, writer of The Madams and London Cape Town Joburg, to write a story, especially for the day.

The aim was to reach one million children on this day.

“Parents enjoyed reading out to the children. The simple joy of listening to a story was written on the children’s faces and they enjoyed themselves,” said Lynn Walker, Sacred Heart marketing coordinator.

The children also enjoyed fun activities where they cut out and coloured in badges with ‘Proud to read aloud’ written on it, and pinned them on their blazers.

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls) 2016, which benchmarks international literacy levels, has published a distressing finding.

Seventy-eight per cent of Grade Four learners in South Africa cannot read for meaning in any language.

To counteract such statistics World Read Aloud Day has been a trenchant reminder of the importance of fueling literacy in foundation phase learners.

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