An avid reader, 14-year-old Nthabeleng Duru is an inspiration to the children in her Mangaung-based Nal’ibali reading club, IM Talent. She is currently taking part in the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign’s #CatchMeReading drive.
The drive is aimed at encouraging children and adults to act as reading role models for each other by reading in public spaces and in fun and creative ways. Duru’s father is her reading role model and she says it is the discovery of new places, people and things that drives her reading habit.
In addition to attending her reading club which meets once a week, she is a regular visitor at the Mangaung Library where she usually takes out three books at a time.
Molefe Mpesi, the Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor who leads Duru’s reading club: “One of the simplest and most effective ways we can grow a love of reading in children is by acting as reading role models for them. We want to encourage people to take books with them wherever they go and to read at every opportunity, because reading, even for just 15 minutes a day, can have wonderful benefits for children. It sparks their imaginations, curiosity, and emotional development and can expose them to roughly a million written words in a year!”
Duru is already enjoying the benefits of regular reading. She loves reading in Sesotho and English, and her favourite place to read is at the library after school. The most unusual place she was found reading was in a hospital bed when she was sick. He favourite books available from the library include 48 Laws of Power; 7 Principles of the Eagle and Red Ink by Angela Makholwa.
Members of the public are invited to join the drive taking place between 15 and 19 May by sharing their own #CatchMeReading pictures on the campaign’s Facebook page: @NalibaliSA.
For more information about the Nal’ibali campaign visit www.nalibali.org or www.nalibali.mobi.