South Africa is extremely diverse and has 11 official languages. Our aim is to give the children of our country new storybooks in their own mother tongue. It is, therefore, vital that we have sufficient and appropriate mother tongue books to donate to them. With amazing people like you, Biblionef will be able to we will be able to acquire 1,000 new isiXhosa and isiZulu books for our book donations programme.
According to data from census 2011, there are 11.6 million Zulu speakers and 8.1 million Xhosa speakers in SA. It is, therefore, no surprise that these 2 languages are of the highest requests we receive. We have donated over 6,000 Zulu and Xhosa books for 2017, and as a result, we are faced with the challenge of having noticeably fewer books available in these 2 languages.
The funds raised from this project will enable Biblionef to purchase approximately 500 new Zulu books and 500 new Xhosa books. Having these additional storybooks in our book stock will allow us to reach even more beneficiaries whose mother tongue is Zulu and Xhosa.
The long-term impact of this donation will be seen when coupled with the school's literacy initiatives. Research has shown that reading in one's mother tongue is an essential and powerful part of learning a new language and developing literacy. When you read regularly to children in their home language/s, you give them a strong language foundation that makes all learning easier. As a result, children's transition to the English language will be easier and their literacy levels will improve.