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As if the launch of a book by Sekhukhune born and bred, German resident, Ms Matilda Sibanyoni Schneider was not enough of a shock wave. The Foreign Me! Author has given away her two books as a prize to reward hard work in child and youth literacy during the Literacy Worms Reading Competition Finals for Sekhukhune Deanery. The literacy grand finale event was held on Sunday 25 February 2018 at St Theresa Catholic Church, Apel (Mashabela Parish) as an initiative of Catholic Youth Adults (CYA) Sekhukhune Deanery under the leadership of Mr Koboko Francis Matjomane. According to Matjomane the Sekhukhune finals are a culmination of build-up reading competitions organised in three parishes of Sekhukhune deanery, namely Luckau, Mashabela and Schoonoord. The celebrity line-up of Sekhukhuneland authors included Matshidiso Phaladi and Ms Matilda Sibanyoni Schneider.

With recent statistics showing that 58% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa cannot read with meaning and 29% are completely illiterate, the founders of this project namely Innocentia Mokganyetsi ( Luckau Parish), Lekgale Mokota (Schoonoord parish) and the chief organiser Modireleng Mampuru ( Mashabela parish), saw it fit to contribute to this national catastrophe and have expressed their excitement in hosting this first annual ground-breaking event which they don’t only hope will empower the youth and kids to start reading, but build knowledge and encourage positive interaction between people. Like any other project, Literacy Worms needs resources to operate at the best possible levels, resources such as stationery, books, catering for the kids etc. A request to those who can assist by volunteering their time to this worthy cause by teaching the kids how to read and or be judges during the competition rounds, the organisers will be happy to hear from you. Innocentia: 079 032 5314 Lekgale: 072 557 9641 Modireleng: 071 211 8714. Winners of Literacy Worms Reading Competition are Charity Skhosana for IsiNdebele (10), Kefilwe Mampuru for English (11), Nqobile Tshabangu for Sepedi and English (9), Tebogo Moretsele for Sepedi (9), Lesego Masemola for Sepedi (12). The overall winners are Kefilwe Mampuru and Nqobile Tshabangu.

Taking ‘literacy fashion’ to another level is a partnership between Thavhanacle Ultra-physio Sport (TUPS), Church of Scientology and SOS Sekhukhune Community Social Centre who will be co-hosting the inaugural Reading-for-Wealth Youth Literacy and Entrepreneurship Orientation Workshop. The workshop will impart literacy skills coupling with inducing entrepreneurship spirit among young people of Sekhukhune. The top-up to the literacy and entrepreneurship will be a thrilling 16-teams ALL NIGHT PLAY of TUPS sporting code. According to the co-organiser Mr Peter Kotlolo of SOS Sekhukhune Community Social Centre the workshop will take place between 13h00 and 18h00 on Friday 02 March 2018 while the All Night Play will start at 18h00 until the following morning of 03 March 2018. The event will be held in Marulaneng village next to Jane Furse. “We are integrating all these activities because we do not just want to sow the seeds of championship in communities through TUPS. We want young people to be enabled to make best financial decisions through financial literacy, but also become informed citizens by reading widely for leisure and acquiring information. All these efforts compliment the kind of South African citizen that is enabled to be active and entrepreneurial’ says Kotlolo

Taking cue from Kotlolo, the inventor of TUPS Sport Mr Puleng Mmotla said it’s time that community-oriented initiatives should not only focus on their primary mandate or fit within a certain box but to look at society’s real challenges and lend a hand.

“We have the most depressing facts about the lowest drives of literacy and entrepreneurship among our rural young people, we have to activate the society to prioritise literacy and entrepreneurship as part of the country’s solutions. What we are doing with our partners such as Church of Scientology and SOS Sekhukhune is to brighten our little corner and enable young people of Sekhukhune to become pioneers of the literacy and entrepreneurship revolution” concludes Mmotla.

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