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Literacy, the foundation of all learning

Literacy, the foundation of all learning

Sep 7, 2015

On 8 September 2015, the world will celebrate Literacy Day under the theme Literacy and Sustainable societies. The statistics are sobering: globally, 774-million adults do not know how to read or write, of whom 493-million are women. The UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimates that some 123-million youths are illiterate and that only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males.

But why should we care? Because literacy for all should look beyond the ability to read and write and focus more on developing competence or knowledge in a specified area.

Literacy is crucial in social and economic development. It expands knowledge and a literate person is more likely to understand and adjust in society.

One of REDISA’s key mandates is focused on an extensive education programme where the leaders of the future are educated on the benefits of recycling through the use of exciting educational programmes.

To meet this objective, in 2014 REDISA partnered with the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation to roll out an isiXhosa story writing competition in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. The theme of the competition is “Celebrating our Legacy and Inventing the Future,” with a focus on the environment.

The competition not only celebrates and preserves the isiXhosa language and rich heritage of storytelling, but also raises awareness of the importance of taking care of the environment by inviting young people to write in isiXhosa on environmental themes – developing young people’s language, literature and love of the environment.

“Education and literacy is important to us as we believe that tomorrow’s leaders need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges, and we must adequately prepare our children for the future they will inherit. This requires a commitment to providing children with environmental education that helps them to become the educated thought leaders of tomorrow.

“As an initiative focused on understanding the value that can be derived from waste, REDISA is committed to educating the youth about the importance of recycling and reusing products and this partnership allows us to do that in a fun and engaging way,” says Stacey Davidson, director at REDISA.

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