Kids who can’t read? Glad Kaiser’s got a novel solution

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Kids who can’t read? Glad Kaiser’s got a novel solution

For every private-school child who registers and pays for a Bala Books course, another child is sponsored

Tswelopele Maputla

National Book Week, an initiative of the SA Book Development Council and the department of arts and culture, runs until September 7. It is a noble initiative, given SA’s dire reading statistics.

In 2016, SA ranked last out of 50 countries in the Progress in International Reading Literacy study, which tested the reading comprehension of pupils in their fourth year of school. The study found that an alarming 78% of Grade 4 pupils could not read for meaning. A year later, research by the University of Pretoria told a similar tale – eight out of 10 Grade 4 pupils “still cannot read at an appropriate level”. 

Book Week celebrates people who are thinking of innovative ways to address literacy issues. One such person is Glad Kaiser, who established Bala Books, a publishing house for authors between the ages of seven and 18...

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