International Mother Tongue Day celebrated

Author Thabo Mosole (back) with learners from Kgorathuto Secondary School during the International Mother Tongue Day celebrations. PHOTO: LEBAKENG NKABI

Community organisation Arts Biz Incubation brought learners and parents from Kgorathuto Secondary School together to celebrate International Mother Tongue Day in C-Section Botshabelo.

The aim of the event was to encourage the learners to be proud of their home languages and to make reading an everyday routine so that they can learn more and be empowered for the future. The day was filled with Sesotho poetry renditions and storytelling by different local artists.

Arts Biz Incubation has chosen Kgorathuto Secondary school because they have a good relationship.

Nepo Nonyane, event coordinator, said they held a creative writing workshop with learners from Kgorathuto Secondary School, discussing novels and short stories by Thabo Mosole, Douglas Mphula and other authors from Botshabelo and Lesotho.

Nonyane emphasised that the learners must be encouraged to read when at home and in school. He also encouraged the parents to read bedtime stories to their children every day.

“The world needs people who are readaholics and the learners in Botshabelo are encouraged to read because reading opens new worlds. Storytelling and poetry in Sesotho give more information on education, life skills and much needed knowledge of reading and understanding.” – Lebakeng Nkabi