Read to Lead Walk raises awareness

Ward 81 councillor, Irene Rugheimer at the Lead to Read Walk Awareness Campaign.


Ward 81 councillor, Irene Rugheimer was part of the Lead to Read Walk, an awareness campaign held on 1 September in Lyndhurst.

Children from Lyndhurst and Bovet primary schools participated in the campaign which is aimed at encouraging people to read.

About 45 children from Bovet and 45 from Lyndhurst took to the streets to create awareness and handed out flyers to residents.

“The focus of the campaign is to help improve the reading ability of all South African children.

“This is also a response to national, regional and international studies which have been conducted during the past few years,” said Rugheimer.

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“The studies show that South African children are not able to read at expected levels and are unable to execute tasks that demonstrate key skills associated with literacy.”

The two schools have been twinned as part of the Gauteng Department of Education’s social cohesion policy and desire to ensure access to schooling and sporting infrastructure by previously disadvantaged schools which lack the said infrastructure in their schools.

According to Rugheimer, reading corners will be set up in the classrooms and children in both schools will participating in reading activities in all classes during September.

On 8 September, children from both schools will design bookmarks to be displayed in schools.

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“Then, on 15 September, they will come dressed to school as their favourite storybook characters. They will enact or talk about scenes from their favourite book.

“I am encouraged that schools are participating as education is key and reading is an essential part of this.”

Edited by Stacey Woensdregt

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