‘Suitcase libraries‘ to fight family illiteracy in South Africa

THE Knysna municipality has introduced a “suitcase library mission” as an integral part of its Family Literacy project. Library staff will pack a consignment of books into a suitcase, which they then take to pre-schools with low levels of literacy among teachers, caregivers and parents. Library staff will demonstrate to the adults how to read stories to youngsters.

“If some of the parents cannot read, an assessment is conducted and they will be advised to join a literacy class. We are in the process of arranging for a librarian with literacy qualifications to be appointed in order to facilitate literacy sessions,” said Xolani Frans, who was recently employed as the new manager for the Knysna municipality‘s libraries, heritage, arts and culture department,