In 2017 African Honey Bee received funding to run a Schools Awareness Programme from the Hans Hoheisen Trust. The programme, in partnership with Sappi creates awareness amongst school children in the Kwambonambi area about the dangers of honey hunting, and uncontrolled fires. It also makes children aware that they can farm with bees. An exciting add-on to the programme, has been the set of Lonny and Jabu storybooks created by Elize Ferreira - an Early Childhood Development student at the University of Pretoria. The storybooks are rich with illustrations that contextualise how people can create a livelihood by using what little they have.
Sappi’s 2015 Sustainable report stated: “Research suggests that 175 million young people, largely from poor countries and regions, lack basic literacy skills and a World Literacy Foundation study estimated that illiteracy costs the global economy more than US$1 trillion through lost job opportunities. Recently, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said that fewer than 5% of parents in South Africa read to their children. But research suggests that the way to equip children for a life of literacy from their infancy is to share picture books with them.
There is already a compelling body of evidence from high income countries which shows that children’s language development and literacy skills are facilitated by book sharing with a caregiver, beginning in infancy. There seems to be something special about the process of book sharing. The evidence shows that sharing picture books with infants delivers the largest benefit in terms of their cognitive development. Providing training in sensitive early book-sharing could play a major role in boosting the educational prospects of children living in poverty”.
You are welcome to download a free copy of “Money from Honey” here
By Elize Ferreira
2 November 2017