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Developing young minds through reading

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21 August 2019

Brooklyn Heights Primary School in Chatsworth, south of Durban, is the latest recipient of three mobile libraries ahead of International Literacy Day to be commemorated on 8 September.

Professor Yusuf Karodia, founder of MANCOSA, a higher education institution in Southern Africa is a strong believer that reading is an essential ingredient for children to improve their literacy, further their education and to brighten their future.

Through the Yusuf Karodia Foundation, he has launched the “Million Books Project” which aims to provide more than a million books to school children across South Africa through mobile libraries.

“Research has shown that access to libraries improves learner performance and increases their chances of success. A literate, educated society is a safer, healthier, and more prosperous society. Sadly, hundreds of schools lack libraries.
“The mobile libraries can be wheeled from one classroom to another and learners can easily access a diverse collection of books,” said Karodia.

Speaking at a handover event at Brooklyn Heights Primary School, Magnate Ntombela, Registrar at MANCOSA, said: “Reading broadens the mind and provides a rich perspective of local and global happenings for people who don’t get an opportunity to travel.

“Reading in the formative school years is important, otherwise it is difficult to catch up later on and a gap exists throughout one’s life continuing into higher education and working life.”

He said parents needed to be more involved in the education of their children and that positive expectations from educators and parents significantly impact learner outcomes.

(Back row)
Magnate Ntombela, Registrar at MANCOSA; Khulekani Mthiyane, Principal of Brooklyn Heights Primary School in Chatsworth; Rathna Pather, Head of the School of Education at MANCOSA; Ahmed Motala, CEO at New Africa Education Foundation; and Mohamed Karodia, Director: Strategy and Partnerships at MANCOSA with learners at Brooklyn Heights Primary School

Rathna Pather, Head of the School of Education at MANCOSA said:
“Reading is a critical component of a child’s life. Nothing can replace the joy of being gifted with a book which triggers a child’s imagination and encourages sensory learning.”
She said if parents were to invest time reading to their children from a young age, they would learn to love books and open their minds to a world of possibilities.

Khulekani Mthiyane, Principal of Brooklyn Heights Primary School said:
“Having our school chosen as a recipient is a dream come true. There is no future if basic reading skills are not honed and parents have an important role to play in the process.”
He said annually grades R to three learners participated in an Elocution Contest to develop their public speaking abilities through reciting poems, reading books and preparing speeches.

Sbongile Mbatha, a grade seven pupil and Head Girl at the school said:
“Reading is one of my favourite pass times. The generous donation will help our school learn more and gain more.”
Mbatha aspires to be a doctor one day and enjoys a good story and books on technology.

Mongi Majola, grade seven pupil and Head Boy at the school said: “Reading helps with preparation for exams. Our school was in need of more books. At home my parents find time to read to me and help with homework.”

The 12-year-old who enjoys books on animals and reptiles aspires to be a computer programmer.

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