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March 2013 - Let's get the South African Youth Reading

South African youth cannot read.

A study conducted in 2012 found that Grade 9 learners only have 43% reading competency, which has a devastating effect on South Africa’s education and eventually further deteriorates the already distressing unemployment rate.

South African Library Week, taking place annually, encourages South Africans of all ages to read more and ultimately aims to improve education by creating awareness of the facilities libraries have to offer.  This year’s theme is ‘Educate yourself at your library’ and is celebrated from 16 to 23 March 2013 as part of Human Rights week.

Collect-a-Can, metal can and packaging recovery company, is committed to South Africa’s national priorities through its dedication to educating the youth and ultimately lowering the unemployment rate through entrepreneurship opportunities.

As part of the national initiative, Collect-a-Can will be hosting educational events at various libraries across the country.

“Collect-a-Can is passionate about the education of our youth, particularly about getting our youngsters to read,” says Zimasa Velaphi, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Collect-a-Can. “Libraries are filled with treasures and adventures that expand your mind, which is why it is important to Collect-a-Can that learners are made aware of the magic that awaits them in books.

“We also recognise that when individuals are educated and informed about the importance of preserving their environment, they will become more environmentally responsible citizens,” Velaphi explains.”

During the course of the week, Collect-a-Can will be hosting workshops with librarians and teachers on how to effectively manage a library on a shoe-string budget.

Identified libraries will host various activities such as getting well-known soapie-celebrities to read to the youngsters and inviting Grade 4 learners to the libraries to discover the possibilities that wait in our libraries.

Pan Macmillan, an international publishing company, is also getting involved in the initiative and sponsored a book hamper to the value of R12891.00 to add to the selection of books available at participating schools, and Spur Steak Ranches, South African restaurant chain, will be sponsoring lunch for all participating children throughout the week.

The libraries to be visited include the Khayelitsha Library in Cape Town, the KwaMashu Library in Durban, the Stanza Bopape Library in Pretoria and the Orlando East Library and Central Western Jabavu Libraries in Soweto.

To find out more about Collect-a-Can and their activities visit Collect-a-Can’s website www.collectacan.co.za or contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook, Twitter.

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