What is the National Reading Coalition?

In an effort to provide a national response to the reading challenges faced in South Africa, the NECT together with the Department of Education’s Read to Lead campaign has established the National Reading Coalition (NRC) - a self-sustaining, agile ecosystem of reading initiatives across the country.

The aim of the coalition is to improve coordination amongst various stakeholders to reduce inefficient overlaps and gaps in the numerous forms of support for reading, promote the adoption of approaches that have evidence of success and increase the opportunities for economies of scale.

The coalition has recognised the following six areas as critical in the improvement of reading; initial teacher preparation; access to relevant resources; continuing professional development; community support; policy, research and evaluation. The interventions will be based on a value chain model highlighting the above-mentioned focus areas.

The project will be launched with partners and stakeholders on the 15th February 2019.

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