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Promoting Literacy in Your Community

Being literate is a large part of daily life and unfortunately, not everyone has access to education in our country. If you are interested in promoting literacy in your community, here are a few things you can do to promote literacy locally.

Encourage members of your community to volunteer

There are numerous existing organizations that work on promoting literacy. You can use the internet and local forums to find and volunteer with these organizations.

When you find organizations that you’re passionate about and that you want to help, share it with your friends, neighbours and co-workers.

The Rally to Read initiative, organised by The READ Educational trust, host rallies at rural schools throughout South Africa. Sponsors, organisers and participants of the Rally to Read Initiative have visited the most remote and needy schools in rural areas to deliver books, teaching aids, science kits, sports equipment, educational toys and other material – all of which are taken for granted at urban schools.

But most of all, the Rally delivers hope to rural learners, their teachers and their parents for a better future.

If you are interested in joining one of the Rallies, click here for more information.

Participate in Literacy Events in your Community Use the internet and community platforms to find out what other members of your community are already doing to promote literacy in and participate.

Donate Old Books

Instead of keeping or throwing away books you have read or don't want any more you can donate it to schools or libraries in your area.

Host a Bookclub

Hosting a book club or helping your child to host a book club can promote literacy in your direct community or circle. Once you have set up your book club, your book club can participate in community literacy events.

Create a Little Free Library

Little Free Library is an international movement that encourages people to share books in their community. It is a small bookcase set up with a few books. The idea is that someone can take any book that they would like to read, but they need to replace the book they took with another book to share with the community.


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