South Africa Facing Literacy Woes Says Study

A recent study of literacy revealed a major literacy gap among poor South African students.

Disadvantaged students lag two or more years behind in language and literacy, with more than 60 percent not achieving the reading and numeracy levels set in the national curriculum. It is reported that many of the children have not even seen a book in their lives. With poverty at an all time high, books priced out of reach, and they themselves illiterate; many parents are unable to help their children learn to read. A member of the study urged the South African government to step in and to fund pre-school level literacy efforts. Those interested in helping African literacy efforts or donating books, consider contacting Books For Africa at