EL to host Children’s Book Festival
The inaugural Eastern Cape Children’s Book Festival will be hosted on Saturday, November 30 – December 1 at the East London Museum. Stories play a vital role in the growth and development of children. The books they read and the characters they get to know can become like friends.
Books are a useful source of information and good reading skills are important for success in their future lives. Reading also helps children with their confidence levels, coping with feelings and language and learning.
A project of “A Book for Every Child” Foundation, this event is as a result of the country’s poor matric results and below standard literacy levels caused by lack of a reading culture in most of our communities.
This will be the second Children’s Book Festival in the country that the Foundation will be hosting with South Africa Children’s Book Fair. It is funded by the national Department of Arts and Culture.
“This will assist in mobilising public libraries, reading clubs, schools and any other initiative that seeks to improve the quality of reading in our communities. Our goal is to turn members of our communities into literature activists,” said Vuyo Biyana, Director for A Book for Every Child Foundation.
The following participants will visit our shores to share with us their stories of soul searching, doubt, regret and triumph. Soraya Hendricks, Thandiwe Peach, Buhle Mthethwa, Oratile Nong, Onako Mbilini, Dimakatso Mookodi, Lelo Mofokeng and Denver Breda.
Some of the activities that are lined up for the two days are a puppet show by Antonette Pienaar and Sylvia Nonkumbi. Their performance is based on a new book by Thandiwe Peach “Ikamva Elihle” who will also launch it and share the story behind her writing. Nal’ibali will manage the reading and storytelling part of the festival.
“One of our highlights is an exhibition of art by learners from the College Street Primary School, a special needs school which was exhibited at the Belgravia Art Gallery earlier this year. The school’s Principal Craig Graham will be hosting a seminar on Autism Disorder and the work that his school does,” said Biyana.
Entry to the festival is free. Children should be accompanied by adults at all times. Starting times are 10am to 4pm on both days.