SINGER Yvonne Chaka Chaka is leading the literacy campaign of the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy. It is simply tagged the Yvonne Chaka Chaka - Molteno Institute Literacy Campaign.
Primarily encouraging South Africans to read and write, the campaign is confronting the country's illiteracy crisis. According to recent United Nations Children's Fund and Human Sciences Research Council reports, literacy is particularly serious among pupils in Grade 3 and Grade 6. The reports state that these children cannot read at the required and internationally accepted levels.
Aliterate persons are able to read, but are uninterested to do so. The campaign supports the provincial and national education ministries and both departments' ongoing work to eradicate illiteracy in public schools.
Some of the campaign's activities include invitations to teachers and pupils in all primary schools and also adult South Africans who wish to become literate to participate in reading and writing competitions. The competitions will be held in all the 11 official languages, including the San languages. - Victor Mecoamere