Department of Basic Education to launch online programme
In celebrating World Literacy Day, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is expected to launch an online programme, which focuses on helping South African educators adapt to the new ways of teaching and learning.
On Tuesday, ahead of the International Literacy Day, the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga revealed that her department is gearing to introduce an online programme which she dubbed as “first-of-its-kind”.
Motshekga said the programme is called “The Comprehension Across the Curriculum” which it would give educators the opportunity get upskilled in reading comprehension.
“The programme will be launched later this month (September) and will train teachers to teach reading comprehension skills across the curriculum,” she said during her address on World Literacy Day.
International Literacy Day is observed annually, it’s core aim is to raise awareness and concern about global and local literacy levels. It is also celebrated to remind the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.
Furthermore, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) marked 40 years since celebrating the International Literacy Day and the theme for this year talks about the “Literacy for a human centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”.
In keeping with the theme and observing Covid-19 protocols restrictions and protocols which have had an impact on the academic calendar, the DBE has taken the initiative to provide educators with tablets that come pre-loaded with digital curriculum to aid digitally elevate South Africa’s education methods.