World Book Day is also celebrated annually in South Africa on 23 April to expand the wonderful value and contribution that stories bring to our society. In the spirit of this event, the Foundation for Empowerment through Afrikaans (SBA) will visit 7 primary schools on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 April – Langerugskool in Worcester, Ashton Primary School, Ashton Public Combined School and H. Venter Primary in Ashton, Swellendam Primary School, Bontebok Primary and VRT Pitt Primary in Swellendam.

The SBA’s latest publication, Robbie the Rough Rat / Umabuzi Ogadalala, a combined Afrikaans / isiXhosa version that takes the form of a trendy comic book adventure, is donated to almost 900 Afrikaans and isiXhosa grade 6 and 7 learners in the above environments. . This truly South African comic book is about the unique adventures of a Mitchells Plain rat. With the full-color pages filled with real comic book style illustrations by Isabelle Grobler, an attempt is made to expose learners to different genres of storytelling and reading-for-enjoyment and thus also make a contribution to literacy development among the youth.

The original story comes from the pen of the Danish author Klavs Skovsholm, who also sponsors the entire project, and was adapted for the South African context by Sjaka Septembir and Sivuyile Mazantsi.

* The SBA is a non-profit organization that focuses on contributing to functional literacy development through the transfer of knowledge, values and skills with the aim of uniting a multilingual society.

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