Reader Development and Reading Promotion: Recent Experiences by D. Rosenburg

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Interim evaluation The project will run in its pilot phase until the end of 2002. To date there have been a number of problems: • There has been a shortage of books for parents to use. The project depends on sponsorship to continue. 21 Reader Development text PM 21 20/3/03, 10:02 AM South Africa: Project Literacy • In the Mamelodi site, numbers of parents dropped dramatically until it had to be closed down. A possible reasons for this was that Saturday, when participants meet, is also often the only day that working parents can do things such as shopping and paying bills.

Some of these activities are:6 • completing job applications; • reading bank statements; • reading signs on buses and train tickets; • reading and completing income-tax forms; • reading manuals for operating appliances; • reading instructions on medicine bottles; • reading advertisements; • reading statements; • reading maps; • following recipes; • registering to vote; • reading warranties and guarantees; • reading airline tickets; • filling out forms at work; • reading labels on grocery items; • writing cheques; • reading and writing letters; • reading road signs; • reading do-it-yourself manuals; • reading contracts; • reading notices; • reading newspapers; • reading memos from a supervisor; • reading danger warnings; • helping children with homework.

Vision To provide cost-effective and appropriate library and information services to accommodate the needs of information seekers and to sustain a reading culture in society. Mission To provide well co-ordinated and efficient library and information services aimed at promoting and sustaining a reading culture and an informationdriven society. Objectives of the programme • To make books and other information resources available to children in rural areas. • To bridge the information gap between the rural and urban child.

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