Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis


Why big business must get behind reading

This article was first published by Business Day Live on 25 November 2015. There is a business product with a proven rate of return in excess of one thousand percent in emerging markets. In South Africa, demand for it outstrips supply by at least two to one. Estimates are that the national GDP would be at […]

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Posted on 3 Dec 2015

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Why listening to stories is part of learning to read

By Carole Bloch In his insightful book, The Rights of the Reader, Daniel Pennac comments: “When someone reads aloud, they raise you to the level of the book. They give you reading as a gift.” People who love reading know the precise value of that gift, and how to access it. But there are those […]

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Posted on 22 Sep 2015

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Radio interviews: David Harrison talks about the potential of ECD and reading for joy

On World Literacy Day last week (8 September 2015), DGMT CEO, David Harrison was interviewed by Tim Modise from Power FM, John Maytham on Cape Talk and SA FM’s The Talk Show. He talked about DGMT, our work and that of our implementing partners, but most importantly he explained why early childhood development and helping children to […]

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Posted on 14 Sep 2015

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Stories: the heart of a happy childhood

At DGMT, we want all South African children to be able to read, and to love reading. As we work with committed and passionate partners towards this goal, I am often reminded of key moments in my own literacy journey. I don’t remember learning to read, but I remember learning to read silently. I sat […]

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Posted on 2 Sep 2015

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Brain food for growing minds

Why parents and teachers should rev up the read-aloud engine with their children and pupils First published in the Mail & Guardian, February 27 2015 In South Africa, most of the adults who spend time with children in their various capacities, including parents, teachers, caregivers, adopters and custodians, do not regularly read aloud to them. And even […]

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Posted on 5 Mar 2015

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Finding the courage to fail: reflections from the Eastern Cape  

What can you do if you leave school unable to lift your head, look someone in the eye, and speak your mind? It’s a question we grappled with last week, as we watched more than 100 Grade 10 learners stammer out simple poems they’d written in English, terrified of making a mistake. I was with the […]

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Posted on 24 Feb 2015

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Growing young readers and writers: underpinnings of the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign

The Nal’ibali Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign aims to revive and deepen our appreciation of stories and narrative as being not only essential as the primary way we as human beings remember and organise our thoughts and conceptual worlds, but also the basis for critical thinking and meaningful education for all children. In this learning brief, the work of Nal’ibali […]

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Posted on 19 Feb 2015

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How to get born frees reading: model enjoyment and speak to their souls

At DGMT, one of our key strategic priorities is to nurture and grow a culture of reading in South Africa, where only 14% of people are active readers of books – so I was excited to attend a panel discussion on “Getting born frees reading” at last month’s Open Book Festival in Cape Town. At […]

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Posted on 10 Oct 2014

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Nal’ibali: ‘Here’s the story’ – in your mother tongue!

By Dr. Carole Bloch, Director of the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA). Many English speakers look bemused at the thought of celebrating World Mother Tongue Day – what’s to celebrate? After all, it’s normal to use our mother tongue every day, isn’t it? No, it’s not! In a multilingual country […]

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Posted on 26 Feb 2014

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Literacy: The simple profound something we can all do

By Carole Bloch “In this society which urgently needs to educate citizens to be articulate and literate, there is something simple but profound we can all do – we can tell and read stories to children. Far from being a luxury, the story habit establishes in children the sturdy bedrock on which to grow the […]

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Posted on 6 Mar 2013

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