Navigating the journey towards reading for meaning one classroom library at a time

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Learners that are part of the After-care Enrichment Programme at the Lebone Centre, choose from a number of selected book that are on the shelves of the Centre’s own Classroom Library (Photo: Kajal Premnath)
Learners that are part of the After-care Enrichment Programme at the Lebone Centre, choose from a number of selected book that are on the shelves of the Centre’s own Classroom Library (Photo: Kajal Premnath)

The faint buzzing of voices spills out of the windows and doors lining the long corridor at George Dickerson Primary School. The 38 learners in Erika Pharo’s Grade 3 classroom eagerly jump out of their miniature chairs, each banging the back of the one behind them, to sing “Good morning teachers” to us, their unexpected guests. Once the rush of excitement fades, they return, elbow to elbow, to practising their cursive handwriting skills on the worksheets in front of them. 1

The warm day seems to be like any other 8am to 2pm school day at George Dickerson Primary. Except today is charged with an atmosphere of hopeful anticipation – the Lebone Centre people are here, and they are putting libraries in three of the Foundation Phase classrooms. 

Established by the Lebone Centre in 2014, the Classroom Library project is a six-year-long initiative which has so far set up 37 classroom libraries in five Makhanda primary schools. It drew its inspiration from the Western Cape-based Shine Literacy Project which aims to tackle similar literacy issues.Read more