2.2.1 Minister Pandor’s national reading strategy
National Reading Strategy:
Why improve reading? - Reading is part of nation building.
- Reading promotes confidence
- Reading enables us to act creatively and critically
- Reading provides rapid, ready access to new information and knowledge
Why is the National Reading Strategy needed? - The National Reading Strategy is to promote reading in schools in South Africa.
- It is a management tool that states the vision for improving the competence and levels of reading of learners.
- This Strategy indicates how the Department of Education intends to achieve that vision.
- South Africa’s education system needs a common approach to promote reading.
- In this way, we can create synergy between teachers and all role players who support teachers.
- We can build confidence in what needs to be done.
- The National Reading Strategy is inclusive because it aims to reach all learners,
including those who experience barriers to learning, whether they are in mainstream or special schools.
- A common approach does not mean that all children must be taught in the same way at the same time.
- Good education allows
- Differentiates between children, and does not treat all children in class as a single unit.
- Learning to read occurs not only in the Foundation Phase at school.
-Learning begins from birth, so children should be stimulated from an early age.
- The exposure that children experience early in their lives, influences how they cope later in life.
- Early Childhood Education (ECD) targets children between 0 – 4 years of age.
- Learning problems should be identified early and acted upon.
- Recognize the importance of early learning.
Programmes at this level focus on the development of:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Abilities to communicate and use language
- Physical, motor abilities and healthy well-being
While this strategy focuses on: