ERIC Number: ED238981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Read, Educate and Develop--The READ Project in South Africa.
Butterfield, Paul H.
In the wake of the 1976 violence in Soweto, South Africa, the READ project was set up by a group of private citizens who were concerned that the government's commitment to an urgent and extensive improvement of black education would not extend to school libraries. Good libraries were seen as particularly important in black schools, because high pupil-teacher ratios and the inadequate qualifications of many teachers mean that students need the required resources for individual study. READ's objectives were to improve school leavers' academic results, equip students with techniques that would aid them in their future careers, and improve teaching techniques. To this end, the program in the high schools trains teacher-librarians, provides books and catalogs, and teaches reference techniques to students. The primary schools in the READ program are limited to portable box libraries because most of the financial support for READ from business and commerce goes to the secondary schools; by law, contributions to the secondary schools are tax deductible while those to the primary schools are not. The READ program has allied itself with an adopt-a-school program that aims to improve the community's quality of life by utilizing the good will of commerce, industry, and individuals who wish to raise the level of black education. Despite successes, the READ program faces problems such as the future policy of the government toward such organizations, and the difficulties that arise when voluntary organizations rely on private contributions. (CMG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project READ; South Africa