The importance of reading a book

Sandile Primary School in Tsholomnqa is one of the 16 schools that have benefited from the Mercedes-Benz initiative, where they provide education resources to schools. PICTURE: BHEKI RADEBE

Children should be separated into groups when reading a story book to increase their attention.

This was outlined at Sandile Primary School in Tsholomnqa when representatives from the Mercedes Benz Factory in East London and Rally to Read visited the school over the weekend to deliver educational resources for children.

These resources included textbooks, laptop computers, projectors, and playground equipment.

According to Thobile Mchunu of Rally to Read, who is from KwaZulu-Natal, the books delivered with the Mercedes-Benz plant are not for storage or decoration, but rather to get children used to reading stories.

She advises that you should read aloud and mimic in order to comprehend a book when you are reading it. Mchunu continued by saying that depriving a child of an education is equivalent to robbing them of their future.

Sandile Primary School in Tsholomnqa is one of the 16 schools that have benefited from the Mercedes-Benz initiative, where they provide education resources to schools. PICTURE: BHEKI RADEBE

Mlindeli Bekelaphi, a member of the SGB at Sandile Primary School and a 1970 alumnus of this school, believes that the actions taken by the Mercedes-Benz plant would encourage more children to attend Sandile as enrolment at this school declined. He says that children often go for schools in the city, but that they are hoping that now that these resources are available to aid them, this would draw them back.

“It is unacceptable for a child to leave Primary School and enter High School without understanding how to read, especially a book in public. This was quite useful. As parents, we promise to assist the teachers by making sure the children read these books,” Bekelaphi remarked.

There are 139 pupils enrolled at the school, according to principal Zwelihlangene Mfunquza.

Sandile Primary School educates pupils in grades R through 7, yet it only has four teachers.

He says that the school has a number of challenges, such as a teacher shortage that forces them to put a mixture of pupils in the same classroom.

“We are grateful for your presence because you will take our children and place them where their parents would like them to be one day. It is our hope as teachers that these children will attend university and fulfil their dreams,” Zwelihlangene stated.