SA celebrates International Literacy Day

Durban – “Literacy teaching and learning in the Covid-19 crisis and beyond” was the theme for the 52nd annual International Literacy Day (ILD).

International Literacy Day which was celebrated on Tuesday is the brainchild of the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

This celebration was in collaboration with the National Library of South Africa and the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB). The theme of the celebration was “Literacy teaching and learning in the Covid-19 crisis and beyond” which focused on the role of educators and changing pedagogies.

During the celebrations, a Children’s book on the Covid-19 pandemic was launched by the DSAC, NLSA and PanSALB, at the National Library of South Africa in Pretoria. The authors of the storybook were Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (former Miss South Africa 2016) and Thokozane Dyosini (PhD candidate at WITS), who are both qualified teachers. The book was inspired by both women’s growing concerns on how South African children were dealing with the effects of the pandemic. The book has been translated into all 11 official languages.

This book will provide an opportunity for South African children to gain an understanding about the pandemic as well as demonstrate how effective and innovative teaching methods can be used, not only during the pandemic but also in the future.


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