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The Institute of Training and Education for Capacity-building (ITEC) envisages a child-friendly South Africa where all children are able to access opportunities for optimal development.

We believe that children have the right to live in a safe, caring, and stimulating environment, and that they deserve the care and education that will equip them for tomorrow's world.

  If you would like to donate, please contact us at 043 7438333. We have Section 18A status -  your donation is tax deductible. 

International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day

Giving a book to a child is so simple, and can make such a difference.

14th February is International Book Giving Day, when people around the world make an extra effort to provide children with books.  Stories and books are not only a source of joy and pleasure to children (and adults), but also support language and concept development, and critical thinking.

In South Africa, only about one in five children* has more than 25 books at home, and very few schools**  have functioning school libraries.

At ITEC, we are trying to make a difference.  We work with schools from disadvantaged communities to set up classroom libraries.

If you would like to help make a difference too, donate good quality books you no longer need, or perhaps a book voucher.  If you would like to know more, call the ITEC Librarian at 043 7438 333.

And start thinking about World Read Aloud Day on 16 February!

* Source: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015.  You can download the latest South African reports on Grade 5 and Grade 9 here. The Grade 5 study found that children with access to more than 25 books at home achieved 45 points (equivalent to a grade) higher for mathematics and science (see page 8). Grade 9 learners with more than 25 books at home achieved 47 points more for maths and 58 points higher for science.  You can download the latest South African reports on Grade 5 and Grade 9 here.

**Information about school libraries:

The State of School Libraries in South Africa (2013), published in the Journal of Education, University of Kwazulu-Natal.

The State of Libraries in South Africa (2015), jointly published by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).

Equal Education is a good source of information about the campaign for all schools to have libraries.




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