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World Read Aloud Day

“Readers become leaders” – Nelson Mandela

World Read Aloud Day, which takes place globally on 5 March, aims to raise awareness around the 793-million people who cannot read. The campaign aims to mobilise children and adults from around the world and effect change by creating a new generation of leaders, storytellers and academic achievers.

“Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical wellbeing, intellectual growth and economic security,” Project Manager for Breadline Africa, Jade Orgill said. “We call on all communities to celebrate the right to read and write. By raising our voices together we are showing our children that we support their future.”

For the past four years Breadline Africa has worked with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to place container libraries in each of the nine provinces. To date, the initiative has placed more than 37 container libraries in schools across the country. The partnership, which has reached more than 29 000 learners, forms part of the annual Mandela Day celebrations; its success relies entirely on the support of the general public and corporates.

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. The day aims to motivate children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, creating a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

“Reading aloud improves listening skills, builds confidence and propels children into a world of imagination and possibility,” Orgill said. “World Read Aloud Day is an opportunity to celebrate reading, writing and story tellingwith the entire community. Breadline Africa supports the international day and encourages all schools to get involved and initiate change.”

ENDS

Distributed by Be-cause Integrated Communications:

Rachel Briant

rachel@be-cause.co.za

021 447 1082 / 084 639 4304

On behalf of Breadline Africa:

Director: Tim Smith

Project Manager: Jade Orgill

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