7 September 2001
The Minister of Education, Kader Asmal, has called for 2001
to be a year focused on reading. The Musifundi Sonke
campaign was launched as a vehicle to achieve this - to get people reading and talking
Reading, information and literacy are inseparable concepts
in the library and information arena and in support of the Library and Information
Association of South Africa (LIASA) policy to "Promote continuous, lifelong learning
for all people through library and information services of all types. This includes
assisting children and adults to seek and effectively utilize information" (http://www.imaginet.co.za/liasa/policy.html),
that of course also embraces literacy. The Gauteng North LIASA branch management has
decided to organise a march for literacy in co-operation with the National Library.
You are therefore not only invited to this exciting event
but urged to participate in this march that promises to be a once in a life time
experience. All libraries and related organisations (Read, ABET bodies, schools and other
Tertiary Institutions as well as Government departments) are invited to join in. We expect
to have up to 5 000 people (and a brass band) in the march. Libraries and participating
organisations are requested to bring along appropriate banners and placards displaying
slogans in support of literacy, reading and libraries.
The march will start at 9H00 for 10H00 at the City Hall and
will proceed along Paul Kruger Street, down in Vermeulen, up in Prinsloo and then along
Church Street to Sammy Marks Square where a manifesto will be handed to the Mayor of
Tshwane. The march should be done by 12H00. It has been arranged with the city's Traffic
Department to see to the safety and orderly conduct of the participants.
Please bring along your colleagues in their hundreds!
LIASA Gauteng North - Greetings
For more information, contact Segametsi at Tel: (012) 314 2134