Reading-Club Competition Helps Root Reading in Schools

Showcasing their commitment to reading over the past year, hundreds of school-based reading clubs in the Story Powered Schools network in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will compete for the title of Best Reading Club in their districts starting this August.

The competition will take place over two elimination rounds, both of which will allow local clubs the opportunity to meet, get to know each other and share their reading-club experiences as they showcase their writing, book collections and other creative materials produced over the past eight months. Clubs will also be asked to get creative, and give a short performance of reading, storytelling or theatre on stage.

Having worked with over 200 schools across the districts of Maluti and Mbizana in the Eastern Cape and Uthukela and Ugu in KwaZulu-Natal since the start of the year to set up three or more reading clubs each, there is now healthy competition for the title!

“Reading clubs offer children and the adults who guide them an opportunity to for creative self-expression as they read and share books and stories in their home languages; experience reading as a social activity and write, draw, act, sing and play games related to these stories,” says Story Powered Schools Manager, Michael Cekiso who explains that the uptake by the children and schools has been overwhelming.

Winners at the semi-final will be announced at showcase events taking place in the week of Monday 21 August, and district winners will be announced at the finals in September where guests and participants will also have the chance to enter Nal’iabli’s annual storytelling competition, Story Bosso.