Family literacy: a project to get parents involved

Myrna Maehet, Elizabeth J Pretorius


In this article family literacy as a strategy to address the problem of a lack of preliteracy skills in preschool children will be
discussed. A family literacy project developed by the Children's Literature Research Unit in the Department of
Information Science. at Unisa in partnership with Project Literacy will be described. This project was started in 2000 in
four creches and has now expanded to 19 sites in KwaZulu Natal. Eastern Cape. Limpopo Province and Gauteng. The
methodology used and the results from one of the sites will be given. Finally. the role of community libraries in
implementing family literacy programmes. and the importance of this as an outreach programme. will be discussed.

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