Joyful reading to aid literacy

To encourage reading among children, East London libraries have started a Joyful Reading programme which will introduce the culture of reading through fun-filled activities.

Singer and songwriter Sandiswa Jobodwana, who forms part  of the educational programme, said Joyful Reading was to help with the mental and physical development of children.

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“There is a lack of reading in our communities and for this reason we are looking into inviting schools to take part, as well as to  help those children that can’t spell, read or write,” she said.

The programme will be packed with fun-filled activities, such as drawing, role-playing, writing songs and more.

“We will also have a water station where we will educate about hygiene and the importance of water, a nose-blowing station to teach manners and etiquette, a lego station for creative and physical development, as well as a homework station to help  with homework,” Jobodwana said.

Nal’ibali literacy mentor Abongile Davani said: “Reading enjoyment  comes in various forms different aspects and the library is providing that space for children to not only associate the library with reading, but to also associate it with fun while learning and getting assistance with their schoolwork”.

Libraries taking part in the Joyful Reading programme, will include: East London Main Library, Vincent, Cambridge, Greenfields, Parkside, Gompo, Buffalo Flats, Gonubie, Beacon Bay, as well as Braelyn Library.

To register in the free programme, send an e-mail to:


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