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Come to PUKU in the Monument, Grahamstown from 19 – 21 February 2015

Books, stories and activities presented by inspiring writers literature enthusiasts will be presented on 

Thursday 19 February: 09h00 – 16h00

Friday 20 February: 09h00 – 16h00

Saturday 21 February: 09h00 – 14h00

 

For the full 2015 PUKU STORY FESTIVAL PROGRAMME go to: http://puku.co.za/News/7777/2015-PUKU-STORY-FESTIVAL-PROGRAMME

 

Briefly about this exciting and innovative indigenous language project

The annual Puku Story Festival aims to facilitate access to literature and educational and recreational materials in isiXhosa - the mother tongue for the large majority of the Eastern Cape population.

The inaugural Puku Story Festival took place in September 2013 succeeded by the second festival in February 2014, both in partnership with the National Arts Festival, Rhodes University and a host of literacy and education organisations. These festivals successfully created a platform for parents, teachers, librarians and young people to network amongst themselves and with writers, storytellers and language and literacy practitioners.

THE PUKU STORY PROJECT AIMS TO:

  • provide a joyous and memorable event that will spark children’s interest in storytelling and reading in isiXhosa
  • increase environmental awareness through children’s books and storytelling
  • provide a platform for collaboration and communication between consumers and producers of isiXhosa children’s literature
  • enable independent trade and education publishers and NGOs involved in the production of content to exhibit their product, including children’s books on the environment as well as content for the blind and visually impaired
  • empower isiXhosa teachers and librarians with access to resources and writers
  • generate public awareness of isiXhosa children’s literature and the link between indigenous storytelling and books
  • stimulate increased investment in publishing of isiXhosa children’s literature
  • increase availability of isiXhosa children’s books to materially deprived and marginalised communities

For more information about PUKU,  and for resources in isiXhosa literature, you are invited to visit the website at: http://puku.co.za/

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