On International Women’s Day on the 9th of March 2019, South African Democratic Union (SADTU) congregated in Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State and North West to celebrate and honour over 5 000 women educators.   As part of the NECT partnership with SADTU, the National Reading Coalition (NRC) used the platforms to activate the reading revolution by donating books to educators who attended the celebrations.

The NRC succeeded in handing out books of various titles to the educators, including Winnie Mandela’s biography by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob, Half of a Yellow Sun by Nigerian Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Little Sons by Zakes Mda, to mention but a few.

The books are intended to be ‘travel books’, meaning recipients are encouraged to read and pass on the book to the next person with the aim of one book reaching 10 people.   After the reader has finished reading they are asked to take an image of their name written on the book before passing it on. The image must be sent back to the NECT team to stand a chance to win a voucher of R500. The initiative was well received by the educators and allowed for a conversation encouraging reading for pleasure.