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International Literacy Day 2013
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The Centre for the Book hosted an International Literacy Day event as part of its mission to promote a culture of reading. This event was held at Centre for the Book’s premises at No 62 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, on 10 September 2013.

This event consisted of book related competitions between the primary school book clubs which are part of the Centre for the Book’s Children's Literature Programme. The book clubs participated in a number of literacy-related activities, namely a spelling bee, unprepared reading and book synopsis. These activities were based on the children's book Desert December by Dorian Haarhoff.

Five book clubs from different areas around Cape Town, participated in this event. They were: Mysterious Readers Book Club: Westlake Primary School (Westlake) Mollige Alfabet Elfies Book Club: Parkdene Primary School (Kraaifontein) Empowered Readers Book Club: Rosendal Primary School (Delft) Masifunde Book Club: Ukhanyo Primary School (Delft) Khanya Book Club: Abedare Primary school (Fishhoek) Each book club was represented by ten members accompanied by two teachers.

Mr Matyumza, the Executive Head of Centre for the Book, gave a warm welcome to the book clubs and the guests. Andrea Dondolo, the National Library Reading Ambassador, kept the children on their toes as MC and quizmaster of the day. The keynote address was delivered by Mrs Marietha Terblanche, a subject adviser of Western Cape Education Department, who parted a few words of wisdom and motivation to the children. The Deputy National Librarian, Mrs Rachel More, from the Pretoria campus of the National Library of South Africa, gave a word of thanks to all the people who attended the event. The event was attended by sixty guests, including the teachers.

Entertainment was provided by the Mollige Alfabet Elfies Book Club who performed the song “Gotta keep reading”. The children were also entertained by Themba Drumming. They participated in the drumming and enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

The winners of the different categories are as follows:

Reading:
  1. Sera Lee Koopman (Mollige Alfabet Elfies Book Club)
  2. Bongiwe Dyantyi (Masifunde Book Club)
  3. Blessing Chogugudza (Mollige Alfabet Elfies Book Club)
Synopsis of the book:
  1. Esethu Mahlumba (Masifunde Book Club)
  2. Sheena Adriaanse (Empowered Readers Book Club)
  3. Amila Sijaji (Mollige Alfabet Elfies Book Club)
Spelling Bee:
  1. Pamella Ndyalavane (Masifunde Book Club)
  2. Mema Linda (Khanya Book Club)
  3. Anathi Maneli (Masifunde Book Club)
Centre for the Book provided the book club members with t-shirts, medals and certificates of participation. In addition, the winning teams received trophies. The event was indeed an unforgettable experience for both the book members and the guests. Congratulations to all the winners!

Phakama Matoti, Children’s Literature Coordinator, CFB
phakama.matoti@nlsa.ac.za

 

 

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