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NBW READ A BOOK1 September 2016 - As part of National Book Week, the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign encourages everyone to purchase any of the week’s featured books for R20 each and drop them in the clearly-marked National Book Week donation bins in stores. All donated books will be given to National Book Week reading projects.

National Book Week is a joint initiative between the South African Book Development Council and the Department of Arts and Culture and takes place in the first week of September every year. During this time all involved in reading, schools, libraries, reading promotion projects and corporate social investments programmes are encouraged to celebrate reading and the magic of books.

This year #BUY_A_BOOK will run from 1 – 18 September. Participating stores include Exclusive Books, Take a Lot and Bargain Books.

 

History of National Book Week

National Book Week was set up in response to a 2007 study, commissioned by the SABDC, into the book reading habits of adult South Africans. The statistics revealed through this study and subsequent research, clearly indicated that South Africans do not have a strong reading culture.

The results further highlighted how our reading culture is a barrier to the country’s development plans because reading and literacy are at the heart of personal growth and community development. Having as few as 20 books in the home has a significant impact in propelling a child to higher levels of education.

Furthermore, children who read are able to easily transcend hurdles often imposed by the low educational levels of their parents, their community’s economics or the political systems of their country. The results of the 2007 study indicated that:

  • 51% of households in South Africa did not have a single leisure book in their home
  • Only 14% of the population are avid book readers
  • Only 5% of parents read to their children
  • Further research and analysis undertaken revealed the following:
  • 45% felt that books were too expensive
  • 27% said they do not read because there is no library nearby
  • 22% said that books are too difficult to read
  • Issues of language, lack of time and people find reading boring
  • No coordinated efforts to promote reading in South Africa

This ultimately resulted in the launch of National Book Week in 2010, made up of an awareness campaign and a programme to be implemented on the ground. Events would aim to promote a key message to encourage reading as a fun activity with each province or location tailoring the programme to meet local demands, with a strong focus on promoting indigenous languages, local authors as well as library awareness and access.

The campaign is a joint initiative between the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) and The Department of Arts & Culture (DAC) and has become a dedicated week on the South African calendar.

 

How to get involved

BUY A BOOKJoin the National Book Week (NBW) activities as they once again travel through the country to spread the magic of books.

Join FUNDA BALA make South Africa a reading nation by bringing more books to households across the country. Communities, churches, social groups, schools, libraries and anyone with an interest in promoting reading, are encouraged to participate in the NBW campaign to raise awareness around the enjoyment and value of reading books.

How libraries can get involved:

  • Get your #READ_A_BOOK poster at bookweek@sabookcouncil.co.za.
  • Join the celebration of the NBW event in your province.
  • Encourage the community and library users to take part in the #READ_A_BOOK campaign through sharing books and encouraging friends to join the library.
  • Bring out interesting book displays to attract the community. Older readers might enjoy self-help, cooking, gardening books.
  • Younger readers some teen novels. Make colourful and bright displays in the foyer.
  • Have story hour with storytelling and reading for young and old.
  • Invite community groups, church and youth groups to visit the library through direct invitations.
  • Invite school groups for readings and activities in order to promote the #READ_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Create your own activities at the library for NBW to promote the #READ_A_BOOK campaign, and inform the NBW team.
  • Spread the news of NBW and the #READ_A_BOOK campaign on social media by means of using the #hashtag #READ_A_BOOK & #BUY_A_BOOK.

 

How education departments and school districts can get involved:

  • Encourage the schools in your district to take part and get involved in the #READ_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Learners can dress up as their favourite book character.
  • Set time aside to have fun with books through animated storytelling and book reading.
  • Invite elders in the community to tell stories.
  • Create your own activities for NBW and share with other schools around you.
  • Upload pictures of your activities to the NBW social media pages.
  • Spread the news of NBW and the #READ_A_BOOK campaign on social media by means of using the #hashtag #READ_A_BOOK.
  • Visit and join your local library.

 

How universities can get involved:

  • Encourage the residences and communities on campus to take part and get involved in the #BUY_A_BOOK & #READ_A_BOOK campaigns.
  • Organise visits to schools in your community for storytelling and reading to children.
  • Donate books from the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign and donate to Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.
  • Organise motivational talks and career guidance with youth at high schools.
  • Organise fundraisers within department to sponsor books or money for the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Promote the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign on campus via readings, discussions or activities.
  • Challenge other tertiary institutions to buy more books than your institution.
  • Create your own activities on campus for NBW to promote the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign, and upload to NBW social media pages.
  • Spread the news of NBW and the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign on social media by means of using the #hashtag #READ_A_BOOK & #BUY_A_BOOK.

 

How schools can get involved:

  • Identify underprivileged schools that you can donate books from the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign to. Imagine giving the magic of a book to a child. Tell us who they are.
  • Encourage teachers, learners, parents to visit retailers to #BUY_A_BOOK and donate to NBW projects.
  • Organise fundraisers to sponsor books or money for the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Promote the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign in your school via readings, discussions or activities.
  • Upload your NBW and #BUY_A_BOOK activities to NBW social media.
  • Encourage learners to promote NBW and the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign on social media by means of using the #hashtag #READ_A_BOOK & #BUY_A_BOOK.

 

How businesses, big and small, can get involved:

  • Create awareness about NBW and the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign at your company.
  • Donate or sponsor funds for NBW to buy books for the #BUY_A_BOOK Campaign.
  • Organise visits to schools, Early Childood Development (ECD) centres. to donate books for storytelling and reading books.
  • Buy books in bulk through the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Encourage staff to support #BUY_A_BOOK – it’s only R20 per book.
  • Upload NBW and #BUY_A_BOOK activities to NBW social media.
  • Challenge other companies to buy more books than your company.

 

Source: South African Book Development Council

For more information please visit the South African Book Development Council website, the National Book Week SA Facebook page and follow the campaign on Twitter

 

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