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SACO - KDI Report on National Book Week

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SACO - KDI Report on National Book Week Literacy and reading is the lifeblood of any modern society. South Africa’s reading skills could be improved substantially. Books followed by electronic media are the most common channel that are used in society to read today. Reading will not only approve literacy but will also contribute to personal development, socio-economic development, nation building and even social cohesion. It is therefore critical that South Africa must increase its literacy and levels of reading if the country is to achieve the vision set out in the National Development Plan. During his State of the Nation Address on 20 June 2019 president Ramaphosa included: “Our schools will have better educational outcomes and every 10 year old will be able to read for meaning” as one of government’s five fundamental goals.
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