Rekindling the old reading flame

Maurita Weissenberg, founder and director of Shine Literacy , received a cheque of R420 000.

A reading corner was launched at Litha Primary School in Gugulethu on Tuesday February 21, as part of a literacy project.

The project is run by Shine Literacy, a non-profit organisation, with funding from the MySchool MyVillage My Planet fund-raising programme and Woolworths.

The opening of the reading corner on Tuesday February 21-which was accompanied by a donation of 700 books­­­-­is part of a campaign to get pupils reading and to improve their vocabulary. There are plans to open more reading rooms just like the one at Litha Primary, at other schools across the country.

Maurita Weissenberg, founder and director of Shine Literacy, said their aim was to improve literacy in township or underprivileged schools so that Grade 1 and Grade 2 pupils could read and write by the time they reached Grade 3.

For the next three years, they plan to work closely with Litha Primary, placing volunteers at the school to assist pupils and their parents.

They will be running reading workshops on Saturdays at the school and parents are welcome to attend.

“We want to ensure that pupils are reading on a regular basis.

“We urge parents as well to read books to their children,” Ms Weissenberg said.

School principal Sedick du Toit told Vukani that a group of Grade 6 pupils at the school had started a reading and writing club.

He said Litha Primary did not want to be a “township school” but rather a school in the township that achieved excellence.

“Education is the most valuable gift you can give to a child and for this donation I’m grateful,” he said.