Oxford University Press Provides 20,000 Dictionaries to Students in South Africa

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Oxford University Press Southern Africa’s ‘Every Child Deserves a Dictionary’ campaign will equip 20,000 South African students with a dictionary this year. Picture courtesy of www.magna-carta.co.za

Written by Veronika Bradley, Editor for Children’s Health and Safety Association – May 21, 2015 and Republished by Diligencia Investigative Reporting – April 2019

Oxford University Press Southern Africa’s ‘Every Child Deserves a Dictionary’ campaign will equip 20,000 South African students with a dictionary this year. Picture courtesy of www.magna-carta.co.za

I want to send a great big “thank you” to all the people that supported the ‘Every Child Deserves a Dictionary’ campaign.  You’re the best!

The Oxford University Press Southern Africa has reached their goal of providing 20,000 dictionaries to students in South Africa. 

Mmuagabo Primary School is one of the many schools that has benefited from this most noble and benevolent campaign. 

“This campaign is not just about giving something back to the learners of South Africa; it is fundamentally about the value of words, literacy and books,” says Steve Cilliers, Managing Director of Oxford University Press Southern Africa.

Education is the key to social transformation in South Africa and a way to unlock opportunities for the youth of the country.”

Refilwe Morule, Principal of Mmuagabo Primary School asked her students, “What are you going to obtain from the dictionary?”

A student replied with a gleeful voice, “I would really like a dictionary because there are some very hard words in school subjects.  A dictionary would really, really help me.”

At the end of this article in the ‘Media Section’, you can view the positive effects your pledge is having on these most deserving and grateful students.  Great videos, by the way!  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

“We are so proud to be part of this holistic campaign.  It’s not about dropping off the dictionaries and hoping for the best.  It’s about the training and how to use them.  We really want to make a meaningful impact,” said Nicola Brown from the Adopt-A-School Foundation.

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