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CHILDREN'S LITERATURE PROGRAMME (CLP)

This programme initiates and coordinates a number of projects in support of the development of children's literature in South Africa and to install a passion for reading in children. These projects include Isiqalo (First Words in Print), Mount Ayliff Children's Library, an ECD  Reading Centre, Children's Book Clubs and International Literacy Day Celebrations. From time to time the Centre for the Book, through CLP, facilitates capacity building workshops for children's authors and illustrators.

Isiqalo (First Words in Print Project)

Isiqalo (First Words in Print) offers very young South African children the pleasure and stimulation of reading children’s books written, illustrated, and published by South Africans in their home languages. The project contributes to family literacy and offers children a shared literary heritage. Launched in the year 2000, the project has reached more than 50 000 children living mostly in rural areas. These children were given packs of children’s books free of charge and adult caregivers were given guidance how to encourage and share in reading activities with young children. In 2004 the project won the International Board on Books for Young People South Africa (IBBYSA) Asahi Reading Development Award. For more information about Isiqalo, click here or contact the Project Coordinator, Mrs Phakama Matoti at (021) 423 2669 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Early Childhood Development Reading Centre

The Centre for the Book converted one of its studios into an ECD Reading Centre in partnership with Ukuhamba Nabatwana Educational Trust, formerly SEED Educational Trust. The Reading Centre provides opportunities to children from 3 to 6 years to be entertained by storytellers, to read books for pleasure and engage in book-related activities. The Reading Centre is open daily from 10:00 to 12:00 and can accommodate up to forty children at a time. Should you want your crèche or pre-school to visit the Reading Centre, feel free to contact Centre for the Book reception at (021) 423 2669 or contact Mrs Phakama Matoti Children's Literature Programme Coordinator during office hours or at the following e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Alternatively, Ms Rochell Fleshman of Ukuhamba Nabatwana Trust can be contacted at 021 801 3147 or 083 729 2746.

International Literacy Day

The Centre for the Book is also responsible for organising and facilitating International literacy day which takes place on 08 September yearly. A poster based on the theme for the year, is designed and distributed to libraries, early learning centres, pre-schools and primary schools to encourage children to love and read books.  Click here to read about Centre for the Book's 2013 International Literacy Day Celebrations.  Click here to view the 2013 International Literacy Day Poster.

1st Cape Town Storytelling Marathon

Centre for the Book celebrated South Africa’s rich oral heritage by hosting the 1st Cape Town Storytelling Marathon. This was done in partnership with the Seminario de Lateratura Infantil y Juvenil de Guadalajara and the State Library of Guadalajara in Spain. In Guadalajara, where the storytelling marathon has been running for 22 years, the marathon is a big event on their annual calendar.

The 1st Cape Town Storytelling Marathon was launched on 14 February at 18:00; while the actual marathon took place on 15 February from 10:00 to 18:00. A total of 30 storytellers told stories in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, the Khoisan languages and Spanish. A wide variety of cultures and storytelling traditions were presented in the spoken word, and also in song and dance. Crèches, primary and high schools and the general public, a total of 326 individuals, attended the marathon. It was indeed a spectacular storytelling marathon, hopefully the first of many.

Click here to view the 1st Cape Town Storytelling Marathon poster.

Children Book Clubs

In order to improve literacy levels among young children, the Centre for the Book identified a number of primary schools in the surrounding communities of Cape Town to establish book clubs. The book clubs are provided with books, training and advice. Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in managing the book clubs. The project was piloted in the Western Cape and gradually expanded to include schools in other provinces as well. Book clubs were established at Ukhanyo Primary School, Kannemeyer Primary School and Ikhusi Primary School in the Western Cape and at Gcina Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School and Eastwood Primary in KwaZulu-Natal, amongst others.  If you are interested in starting a book club at your school, please contact Mrs Phakama Matoti Children's Literature Programme Coordinator during office hours or at the following e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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