The City of Johannesburg’s libraries recently hosted a MobiReadathon final for grade 8 pupils at the University of Johannesburg Library.
There were 11 high school that took part in the exciting event and Randfontein High School clinched the top spot in the finals. Pace High School came second and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy was third.
MobiReadathon is a reading development programme initiated by the City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services aimed at introducing high school pupils to reading and writing tools available on digital platforms using mobile devices.
The ever-changing technological space and decreased budgets to buy printed books has encouraged the City’s libraries to be innovative in how they ensure residents have access to information. The City of Joburg libraries are increasing the procurement of eBooks. Online reading material increases the readership as these can be accessed in the comfort of your own home or at any other place with internet access.
“The Joburg MobiReadathon is a celebration of stories, ideas and the joy of reading and gives learners the opportunity to access information through mobile devices,” said Nobuntu Mpendulo, the Director of the City’s information a library services.
Mobireadathon was successfully piloted in 2022 and was fully implemented in 2023 and attracted pupils from 56 schools.