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The enhancement and improvement of literary skills of pupils should be recognised as a decisive weapon in the fight against poverty and unemployment in our communities.
This was said by Gauteng education MEC Angie Motshekga at an Accelerated Programme for Language, Literacy and Communication (APLLC) fundraising breakfast in the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Motshekga emphasised the need to produce literate citizens who would be "a formidable force in the continued battle to improve quality of lives of our people to fight poverty, to alleviate the scourge of HIV-Aids, contribute to the reduction of crime and contribute to the creation of a skilled workforce".
Present were business representatives from various industries and institutions, including telecommunications, construction, banking, education, NGOs and nonprofit organisations.
The purpose of the meeting was to encourage all stakeholders to support the APLLC.
Launched in October 2006 the project is aimed at improving the literacy standards of pupils and to empower teachers with the necessary teaching skills and methodology.
The project will focus on accelerating the "listening, speaking, reading, writing and comprehension skills of the pupils through an in-service teacher training, mentoring and monitoring programme".