How to nurture your child’s reading journey

How to nurture your child’s reading journey

Unlock the secrets to supporting your child’s reading journey in the coming year  Image: Pexels Around the globe, classrooms are embracing a Structured Literacy approach to foster effective reading skills. Parents play a pivotal role in this process, needing to...
Thousands of pupils still not placed in schools

Thousands of pupils still not placed in schools

The online application system is being blamed for thousands of pupils missing out on school. While school began a week ago, thousands of pupils in Gauteng have not yet started their academic year. Unhappy parents have resorted to visiting the district offices in...
Parental involvement in schooling enhances education

Parental involvement in schooling enhances education

Mother helping her son with his homework (Photo by: Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Afirst of its kind survey focusing on learner experiences has found that parental involvement in their child’s education has proven to result in safer environments,...
Final exams: 5 tips to beat year-end fatigue and do your best

Final exams: 5 tips to beat year-end fatigue and do your best

It’s that time of the year when students experience what is called ‘year-end fatigue’ – whether they be matrics getting ready for the most important exams of their school career, senior high school students aiming to perform at their best as they progress towards...
Only 32% of adults read books regularly, survey finds

Only 32% of adults read books regularly, survey finds

A survey found only 32% of adults in South Africa read books regularly.   Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga this week encouraged parents to get books for their children to stimulate a culture of reading from a young age, after a survey found only 32% of...
6 Tips to Help Your Child Read With Comprehension

6 Tips to Help Your Child Read With Comprehension

Reading with comprehension is a vital skill that lays the foundation for a child’s academic success and life-long learning. However, more than simply decoding words, children must fully comprehend what they read to benefit from the reading experience. Shortfalls in...
Declining Literacy Rates in South Africa – A Crisis Unveiled

Declining Literacy Rates in South Africa – A Crisis Unveiled

The alarming revelation of declining literacy rates in South Africa as per the recent PIRLS study paints a distressing picture of the country’s educational landscape. The study reports that a staggering 81% of grade 4 learners cannot comprehend what they read,...
South African children face reading crisis

South African children face reading crisis

  The country is facing a reading crisis with 41% of South Africans owning fewer than 10 books, according to a survey by the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa). But owning books should not be the sole measure of South Africa’s literacy...
The true state of South Africa’s schools

The true state of South Africa’s schools

We wanted to build a school. That was the dream we tossed around in our more ambitious moments, drunk on possibility from the small steps we’d taken with our education non-profit. We’d end every planning session by boldly stating: “And then we build a school.” It...
Why is Reading so Important for Children?

Why is Reading so Important for Children?

Reading allows us to be transported from our own world to another. Between the pages of a book, we can become immersed in the lives of fictional characters and learn about a culture entirely different from our own. We can also learn new words and phrases, experience a...
Illiteracy costs South Africa’s economy R119 billion, report says

Illiteracy costs South Africa’s economy R119 billion, report says

The World Literacy Foundation says illiteracy is costing the country’s economy R119.03 billion as about 3 million people struggle to read, write and do basic maths. The nonprofit organisation released the Economic Cost and Social Impact of Illiteracy report on Sunday,...