Book fair for pupils promotes African languages and learning

350 pupils attended the inaugural two-day book fair at the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg on Tuesday.
350 pupils attended the inaugural two-day book fair at the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg on Tuesday.
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Hundreds of pupils from around King William’s Town attended an inaugural two-day book fair at the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg.

Hosted by the department of sport, recreation, arts & culture (Dsrac), scores of pupils immersed themselves in two days of educational experiences promoting indigenous languages, reading books and lifelong learning.

More than 350 people attended the fair which ended on Tuesday. They included publishers, authors and representatives from the universities of Rhodes and Fort Hare.

Dsrac head of department Mzolisi Matutu said in his address: “This book fair is to celebrate African indigenous languages and international Translation Day.

“We want to encourage initiatives that seek to build, broaden and enhance communication.”

MEC Fezeka Bayeni said culture determined “our attitudes, taste and mores” and that language was the central feature of culture.

Eastern Cape Language Committee chair Asanda Katshwa said the aim of the book fair was “to promote a culture of reading, especially among children and black people, because books are expensive and these books encourage people to read different languages”.


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