Streaming issues? Report here
Aubrey Masango 702 Gradient Aubrey Masango 702 Gradient
The Aubrey Masango Show
20:00 - 00:00
volume_up
volume_mute

The Aubrey Masango Show
20:00 - 00:00

Home
arrow_forward
Politics

'Reading has to be seen as a serious investment'

31 May 2019 12:13 PM
Tags:
Education
Reading
literature
south african literacy
reading children
Elinor Sisulu responds to statistics showing that nearly half of South African children have never read a book with a parent.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed that nearly half of South Africa's children have never read a book with a parent, raising questions about whether or not there has been a culture of reading harnessed in the country.

Puku Foundation executive director Elinor Sisulu has provided context to the problem, with a look at the history of the migrant labour system which has lead to the absence of parents.

She further reflects on Stats SA's research showing that only 33.8% of children live with both parents, while 43.1% of children live with their mother and one in five children live with neither of their parents

Sisulu says the statistics are not surprising and that if you look at the structural damage of apartheid to this day, the majority of parents still have to travel long distances to work and back.

Looking at the work of nongovernmental organisations and government departments, she says more support is needed.

I think one of the big solutions is libraries within schools. The Gauteng Department of Education has done an audit on school libraries, showing that the vast majority of schools don't have functioning school libraries.

Elinor Sisulu, Executive director - Puku Foundation

The heart of the matter is that reading has to be seen as a serious investment. All these organisations, including the one I head, survive on donor funding. We need far more support.

Elinor Sisulu, Executive director - Puku Foundation

Then there is the cultural issue, reading needs to have a cultural context. It is very important and that is to do with language, the local environment because literature is about windows and mirrors. Unfortunately in Africa what we have had mostly is looking out of the window and never knowing ourselves. If you look at you and I for example, when was it that we read a book that reflected our own cultural context?

Elinor Sisulu, Executive director - Puku Foundation

Sisulu says the education system has also affected the confidence of black parents, as well as the belief that they are agents in their children acquiring the ability to read.

Click on the link below to hear the full conversation...


31 May 2019 12:13 PM
Tags:
Education
Reading
literature
south african literacy
reading children

More from Politics

Cyril Ramaphosa

'There has been some bizarre lockdown decisions, slow response on social relief'

25 May 2020 9:21 AM

Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni looks at the announcement of moving to Level 3 and the politics around the lockdown.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

president-cyril-ramaphosa-24-maypng

Level 3 from 1 June: Exercise hours relaxed, alcohol ban lifted, but no ciggies

24 May 2020 8:17 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in an address to the nation that SA will move down to Level 3 lockdown from 1 June.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

200330-ramaphosa-edjpg

[WATCH] President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses an anxious nation

24 May 2020 5:00 PM

The President has delivered a lockdown update - listen to his explanation of the move to Level 3 from 1 June.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

classroom covid-19 coronavirus mask school

Natu teachers 'not returning' to school on Monday: 'We can't gamble with lives'

24 May 2020 1:12 PM

A survey by teacher unions shows that 92% of SA's schools are not ready and safe to re-open says Natu's Cynthia Barnes.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Cyril Ramaphosa

President Ramaphosa to address the nation on Sunday

23 May 2020 9:13 PM

Presidency says he will tackle developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

police-altercation-with-woman-in-strandpng

Strand arrest: Probe underway after fresh incident of police heavy-handedness

23 May 2020 11:57 AM

A video shot in the Western Cape shows an officer dragging a mask-wearing woman to a police van, apparently during exercise hours.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Price money consumer groceries

'Stimulus package will benefit businesses that were doing well before COVID-19'

22 May 2020 8:52 AM

Economist Xhanti Payi bemoans how red tape impacts the informal economy.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

agriculture-farming-tractor-black-farmerjpg

'If we want to keep SA food secure it is critical to keep Land Bank alive'

21 May 2020 7:38 AM

Agricultural economist Andrew Makenete and Scoa's Sfiso Buthelezi reflect on the bank's request of R22 billion from Treasury.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cyrilgif

Ramaphosa meets with church leaders and political parties to discuss COVID-19

20 May 2020 12:55 PM

Different political party leaders as well as a church leader reflect on the meeting held with the president.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

empty-school-desk-chair-classroom-grade-learning-education-teaching-pupils-123rf

DBE adamant that it would be ready for pupils to return to school on 1 June

20 May 2020 8:09 AM

Naptosa president Basil Manuel and DBE director-general Mathanzima Mweli weigh in on the phased reopening of schools.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward