If you read a book everyday you WILL become smarter!

Really! Reading has been shown to make your brain grow. And with a big, strong brain comes great marks in class! Not into reading newspapers? Not to worry, we've got you covered.  We have a list of the types of books you might like to read on the flip side.



Types of books you can read

Comic books...Yes, Superman and Archie. Let your brain learn to read in an entirely different way.

Want to make a kite? How-to books will help you learn a new skill.

A fan of the Harry Potter series? You would love a fantasy book to stimulate your imagination!

Click on 'Read more'below for more of these and then some.



Welcome to the learners' section of the DBE website. We hope that the resource we have compiled will be useful in supplementing the resources you get at school.

As a learner you are expected to:

  • accept that the main reason for being in school is to learn and develop academically, socially and culturally;
  • adhere to school rules;
  • respect the legitimacy and authority of teachers;
  • participate in Learner Representative Councils (LRCs) to safeguard your interests;
  • show respect to other learners and not to discriminate; and
  • avoid anti-social behaviour like theft, vandalism, assault, sexual harassment, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as other activities that disrupt the learning process.



Featured Video: Bullying

Video lessons to support classroom lessons.

Visit the Video Tutorials page for more videos.


Exercise your creativity. Challenge your skills.




For Grades8-12
  • Closing Date: 08 April 2019
  • Prize Money:  $ 1000
  • Open to all secondary school learners
  • Regional winners to attend SADC Ordinary Summit
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For Grades10-11
  • Closing date: 28 July 2019
  • Oral arguments in any SA official language
  • Open to Grade 10 and 11 learners
  • Bursaries for law studies up for grabs
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For Grades4-6
  • Closing Date: To be confirmed
  • To be held only in English
  • Open to Grade 4-6 learners
  • Goodie bags up for grabs
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