Newspaper clipping – The Pretoria News – 11 August 2008
Indigenous books to nurture reading skills By Mogomotsi Magome
About 2,3-million school books written in indigenous languages will be printed and distributed to schools around the country in 2009, Education Minister Naledi Pandor has said. The books have been authored by 140 teachers who were honoured by Pandor at the University of Pretoria. As part of the Ithuba Writing Project in conjunction with the US Agency International Development, the teachers were trained to author supplemental reading materials in ways that are relevant and engaging.
According to Pandor, the project was necessitated by the fact that many
children still cannot read at the appropriate age.
She said the project enabled the country to honour the United Nations
declaration about indigenous people that said their languages need to