This new initiative will allow us to reach out to parents with children in the age group 2 to 5 years that are not attending school and encourage them to aid their child’s development. We will do this by hosting weekly ‘moms and tots’ groups that will include an 8-week book sharing programme developed by the Mikhulu Trust and by having toys and educational resources the parents and children can use while their washing is getting done.
‘Dialogic’ book-sharing is a special kind of interaction between an adult and a young child using a picture book. It is not simply ‘reading’ to a child who listens passively – instead, it is an active exchange, led by the child, and supported by an adult who is attentive to their interests and communication.
This enjoyable and simple activity has been proven to improve children’s language and cognitive development and help children understand and get along with other people better.