Kayamandi Library’s outreach programme boosts Grade R interest in reading Isixhosa books

A librarian from Kaymandi Library has started visiting learners at Vision AfriKa’s primary school on a monthly basis in order to read stories to them in Isixhosa to help improve their vocabulary.

The Grade R students first began visiting the Library in March 2016 to read books there as part of their lessons. Over time, librarian Babalwa Bontshi also started leading creative activities for them each Friday.

But earlier this year, she spoke to class teacher Noziphiwo Ndaleni about the Library’s outreach programme, which involves librarians going to local schools and reading Isixhosa books out to learners. Babalwa now visits the Grade Rs on the first Wednesday of every month and reads them three different books each time.

After each book has been read, she asks the students questions about it to test their understanding and also teaches them six new Isixhosa words every time. The learners have now started visiting the Library in their free time to find out more Isixhosa words on their own.

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