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Celebrating National Book Week

Celebrating National Book Week

16 September 2021

Last week, schools and districts were buzzing with excitement in celebration of National Book Week.

National Book Week is celebrated in September each year, aimed at encouraging all South Africans to value reading at all ages. It ran from 6 to 12 September in 2021.

Minister Debbie Schäfer visited Laerskool Laurus in Oudtshoorn to kick off National Book Week by spending some time reading with Foundation Phase learners.

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Reading – particularly in the foundation phase – is a strategic priority for the WCED. The ability to read and write is the foundation on which all further learning is based, and the ability to read for meaning and pleasure is without a doubt the most important skill that children can learn in primary school.

Minister Schäfer urged all parents to encourage their children to read from an early age, as it is the greatest gift they could give them. The WCED’s Virtual Library (https://wcedeportal.co.za/eresource/121686) has a range of eBooks in different languages to get parents and learners started.

Much fun was had celebrating the love of books and reading - WCED officials at Metro North Education District celebrated by dressing up as their favourite book characters. Worcester Roman Catholic Primary School Grade 3 teacher Surita Beukes dressed up as Liewe Heksie to inspire her learners and learners produced tik tok videos.

The activities around the Province were endless!

Yes, it is official - we all do love books!

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