Save the Children South Africa and Nal’ibali partner for Literacy Week
Literacy holds the key for education and employment success. In 2016 we saw that 78% of Grade 4s could not read for meaning in South Africa in any language. This situation is further deteriorating by additional factors coming into play. We know that children are currently experiencing up to a year of learning losses due to school disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional compounding factors include civil unrest, damage to schools, and destruction to libraries as we have recently seen in KwaZulu-Natal. The implication of this is that our children have less opportunities to boost their literacy.