It's National Book Week!
Findings in a 2007 study revealed that only 14% of South Africans read books and over half of South African households (51%) do not have a single leisure reading book. National Book Week, which runs from the 5-11 September, aims to change that.
By bringing more books into households, schools and community centers, we can encourage a culture of reading in our youth. . Communities, churches, social groups, schools, libraries and anyone with an interest in promoting reading, are encouraged to participate in the National Book Week campaign, to raise awareness around the enjoyment and value of reading books.
Initiated in 2010, National Book Week is a very successful reading campaign run by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in partnership with the Department Of Arts and Culture. It aims to mitigate the findings the 2007 study that revealed that only 14% of South Africans read books and over half of South African households (51%) do not have a single leisure reading book.
This disturbing insight is a barrier to the country’s development efforts as reading and literacy are at the heart of personal growth, community development and a thriving nation. Having as few as 20 books in the home is proven to have a significant impact in propelling a child to higher levels of education.
Furthermore, children who read are able to easily transcend hurdles often imposed by the low educational levels of their parents, their community’s economics or the political systems of their country.
Books in a home have a strong effect on children’s educational attainment even above and beyond such factors as the educational level of parents, the country’s GDP, parent’s occupation or the political system of the country. There are many other benefits of reading such as:
- Improving imagination
- Increasing intelligence
- Boosting brainpower
- Building vocabulary
- Increasing productivity
- Improving cultural diversity and social cohesion
- Economic empowerment
National Book Week 2016 will run from the 5th to the 11th September - why not head down to your closes library or book store, and spread the love of reading!
For more informaiton about Naitonal Book Week ands how you can get involved as a library or an individual visit the SOUTH AFRICAN BOOK DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL website.