South Africans in awe of 7-year-old reading isiXhosa fluently

South Africans in awe of 7-year-old reading isiXhosa fluently

- An inspiring video has gone viral on social media

- It shows a young child fluently reading an isiXhosa book

- Social media users were impressed

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A video of 7-year-old fluently reading an isiXhosa book has impressed social media users. The footage challenges the poor statistics of literacy of pupils in the Eastern Cape.

Siphephelo Ndlovu of Nombamba Primary School in Bizana now has over 100 000 views on her video, which was uploaded on Facebook. The young child confidently narrates a storybook titled Uncumo luka Peggy.

Siphephelo is one of the children gaining literacy skills through Nali'bali’s Story Powered Schools. Nal’ibali sends storybooks to 718 schools in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape and KZN.

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A study previously revealed that 90% of Grade 2 pupils could not answer comprehension questions. The report also stated that almost half of the Grade 2 pupils in the province could not read a single word. Even more alarming was the discovery that 52% of Grade 1s could not identify the sound of even one letter.

Speaking to The Herald, Nombamba Primary School principal, Baninzi Mampofu, said that he has noticed a positive difference in the pupils' performances since the delivery of the reading books.

Facebook user Natalee Jean Williams-Claassen said:

"Wow! That brought tears to my eyes. Well done little man. Thank you USAID and everyone who assisted this little guy and his classmates. You're awesome!!!!"

While Busang Thabang Mofokeng said:

"And so relaxed, you could see he owns the words he's saying. Future is very bright. Teachers and parents continue to nurture and guide him and to give him a constantly good perspective on his surroundings. We can't lose him over over the years due to the world and how it is tailored."

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Nc Rat said:

"So fluent in reading, I'm really impressed & sure the parents are very proud."

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