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Growing a Reading Culture: African languages as languages of learning

  • Embassy of South Africa 3051 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)


Studies have shown that the number of books in a home is a significant predictor of children’s educational performance, even more so than parents’ education, occupation and socio-economic status. Very often, however there are few opportunities for the majority of children who are encouraged to read books to do so in the languages they understand and know best. There are simply not enough books published in languages other than English and Afrikaans in South Africa, making it almost impossible for children to develop a love of reading through reading in their home languages.

In this talk South African author, Ms Lorato Trok, will focus on the importance of African languages as languages of learning.

*Lorato Trok is South African author who has published several children’s book using the English and Setswana languages. Her most recent work is titled: Against All Odds – The Story of Rosina Sedibane Modiba