UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

READATHON WEEK

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

Readathon Week provides all South Africans with an opportunity to reflect, as well as decisively act, upon the appalling rate of illiteracy in our country.

The value of literacy in our society must not be underestimated. It is without a doubt one of the single most important skills to empower citizens to take up their constitutional and economic rights. The rate of literacy directly influences the rate of employment, continued illiteracy places South Africa in a socio-economic cul-de-sac.

The UDM calls on government to urgently address the inequalities leading to illiteracy, be they gender, age or finance related, thereby giving effect to the economic and democratic right of every citizen of South Africa.

In an endeavour to promote the literacy efficiency of every South Africa, the UDM Parliamentary Caucus has pledged to donate on a monthly basis for the next year magazines to a Cape Town secondary school. In the same vein magazines and newspapers will be donated to a local municipal library for use in Adult Literacy programmes.

The UDM challenges government and all political parties to actively promote the importance of effective literacy for adults as well as children.

Enquiries:
Prof Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education
082 556 5048

Cape Town
03 September 2001