ERIC Number: ED381628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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The Relevance of Family Literacy in the Education of a Child.
Ramarumo, M. M.
Family literacy is relevant in the education of the child, especially in the South African context with its millions of people, especially those in disadvantaged rural areas, who are currently illiterate or insufficiently literate. The level of literacy in the home and a child's exposure to learning experiences influence the success of instruction at school, which in turn forms the key to scholastic and later vocational achievement. The home environment should provide a more basic type of learning than that done in schools. This includes the following: learning to learn, motivating the child to find pleasure in learning, and developing the child's ability to attend to others, engage in purposeful action, and view adults as sources of information and reward. Black parents, especially in disadvantaged rural communities, must be trained to realize the importance of their role in encouraging and assisting their children in doing well in school. Low-literate persons who are or will be parents should be empowered to contribute meaningfully to their children's education. The first step to empowering them is to improve the literacy of family units. Adult basic education programs catering to diversified needs are essential to bring about intergenerational literacy. Adult basic education and training in South Africa must shift its focus to family literacy. (Contains 10 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa