A nation of readers

I am visiting family in the UK…..what a joy! I have lived in South Africa for over 25 years, so I feel more like a tourist in the land of my birth.

Travelling on the underground train from Heathrow into London, I am struck by one thing, all the tourists are studying the underground map very seriously (myself included)but the locals are all reading! I have never seen so many options of reading  in one confined space….books, magazines, Kindles, newspapers of all different genres. This is a nation of readers!

So I found a question surfacing in my mind…how do we get our country of South Africa to become a nation of readers? How do we engender a love of the written word?

By reading to our children from when they are small, listening to them as they learn to read, daily, and share our love of books and stories.And what of our Y generation? Those striving and struggling at school now?

When I am back in SA I will add some links to organisations who have already started this journey and we can all lend a hand to help the next generation to become a nation of readers!

About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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3 Responses to A nation of readers

  1. Dear Steph, I can vouch for your experience. I was also in London recently to run the 2012 Virgin London marathon and witnessed a mindboggling reading culture in the tubes as well, in the red buses, at the coffe shops, some of which are specifically set up in the Bookshops. I whiled away time post-London marathon at the coffee shop at the basement of Waterstone Bookshop at 83 Gower Street, London, or at a more bohemian Judd Books at Marchmont Street. You’re absolutely spoton. The Brits are a reading siciety. The challenge for us in South Africa is; how do we engender an approximation of such a passionate commitment to reading? and were we to do it, what kind of society will we be? Obviously it’ll be a society of readers, of people who have that curiosity to read and expand their intellectual horizons.
    I’m a parent and a teacher. But I’ve now been to be a grandparent and I yearn to see my grandchildren grow up to be people who embrace the reading culture and whose view of life generally is shaped by informed choices and decisions based of their ability to process the information and knowledge they derive from broader and deeper reading.

    • Hi Moeketsi

      Our children need more Grandparents like you who deem it important to keep the next generation reading and who are prepared to spend time ensuring it happens! I can only encourage you to share your thinking with your peers to do the same!
      We also need to get more African and South African children’s stories recorded in print, so we do not lose our culture – please share your thoughts on this too!

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