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!