The Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy aims to deliver mobile libraries to schools nationally.
A Progress in International Reading Literacy Study conducted in 2016 found that the majority of South African pupils (78%) cannot read with understanding until the end of Grade 4. The study also revealed that there was no significant progress nationally since the last report in 2011, in the overall average score.
Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy’s chief executive, Masennya Dikotla, said many children relied on their teachers at schools to teach them literacy because parents were unable to read, especially in rural areas across South Africa.
“Not all teachers were trained to teach early literacy, and early literacy is very important for the beginning years of learning. The teachers must play a role of reading fluently because children will follow them.”