Access to books is an issue in the Nomzamo and Zola communities and therefore limits parents’ and local staff’s ability to support their children through reading. Research has shown the high importance of reading to children as part of their learning, it has a direct impact on a child’s ability to develop language and to become literate.
Reading aloud to children is such a crucial part of their development. That’s why we raised funds to buy books. We will use the books on our “Book Bus”. The Book Bus will be more than a mobile library, it will be a reading experience. We’ll travel to the different child care centres in the community. The children will climb on board the Book Bus and our volunteers and local staff will read books with the children. This is our way of taking books to the families and children of the Nomzamo and Zola community.
Already we have seen the benefits of introducing a book time at Ikhayalethemba orphanage. We have developed a culture of reading which has supported other aspects of the children’s development. Our GVI volunteers have been a huge part of this.The Book Bus and the focus on reading to children will allow us to spread this even further. The Books purchased following the Read To Children Challenge will help get our Book Bus off to a good start.
Thank you for supporting these children.
All the best
GVI Cape Town
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