President Cyril Ramaphosa has called upon all South Africans to join the national reading revolution by reading at least one book a week.
President Ramaphosa made this call during the Basic Education Sector Lekgotla which took place at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni on 21 January 2019 saying that, “Reading is important. I want to call on all of you to start a reading revolution. Let us get South Africa reading. When we all start to read in a serious manner, we will be able to open new avenues of knowledge, innovation and creativity”.
The President added that, in preparing for the 6th democratic administration, the Basic Education Sector Plan needs to focus on a number of critical areas. He identified the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy on improving reading as one of these critical intervention areas.
The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will therefore be launching the National Reading Collaboration (NRC) on 15 February 2019 at the Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni in the Gauteng Province. The NRC is aimed at coordinating reading improvement efforts nationally.
Parents, guardians and children of all ages can enjoy and share in the benefits of reading. You too can join the revolution. Start a book club in your community, donate books to your local school or library, read to your children or write a book. Let’s get South Africa reading!