SPARK Schools celebrate World Book Day
23 April was World Book Day, a symbolic date for world literature. It is a time to celebrate the importance of reading, foster children’s growth as readers, and promote a lifelong love of literature. The day aims to changes lives through a love of books and shared reading.
According to a 2016 study by Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS), eight out of 10 children who are in Grade 4 cannot read for meaning. Statistics released by Statistics South Africa also paint a grim picture of the country’s reading culture. Based on the findings nearly half of the country’s children have never read a book with a parent. The national lockdown could exacerbate the situation but it’s also an opportunity for parents/guardians to foster a reading culture in their homes.
Reading helps children to develop language skills and knowledge. Being able to read also helps to expand a child’s vocabulary and Learning new concepts, discovering exciting places and understanding others’ perspectives is key to building a well-rounded self-image – not to mention the self-esteem boost from being able to read well!
“At SPARK School’s we believe that it’s at early ages that children can be most easily influenced, and a positive reading experience can do wonders to help them form a positive perception of themselves”, says Stacey Brewer CEO at SPARK Schools.
Reading also has social benefits. Children can discuss stories with others and form friendships over shared interests.