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24 Hour ‘Read-In’

Equal Education, a movement of  learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African Education, is hosting a 24 hour ‘Read-In’ at The Bookery at 20 Roeland Street, Cape Town (the Old Charly’s Bakery).  The 'Read-In' begins on Saturday 6th March at 10h00 continues on until Sunday the 7th March at 10h00.

The Bookery is the home of Equal Education’s book drive, which aims to collect 100 000 books to be redistributed to rural and township school libraries. You can support this initiative by attending the Read-In as well as donating books that are in good-as-new condition which you think may grab or stir the imagination of a child or young adult. The 'Read-In' will cater for all. There will be storytelling, engaging book readings as well as discussion.

The 'Read-In' is part of the Equal Education School Libraries Campaign which demands that the Department of Basic Education adopts a National Policy on School Libraries. Currently, the absence of a school library is a reality for 79% of South African public schools. International and local research suggests that the presence of a library could increase learner outcomes by up to 25%.

In furtherance of Equal Education’s goal to get a National policy passed, EE will also be hosting a march to parliament on the 21st of March (Human Rights Day). EE expects to have 10,000 marchers present as we deliver more than 50,000 petitions calling for a National Policy on School Libraries.

The Schedule for the Read-In is:


10am – Children’s stories

12am – Literature quiz

2pm – Adventure stories

4pm – Romance

6pm – Women's writing

8pm – Stories from the street – Young adult and Contemporary culture

10pm – Horror Fest

12pm – Midnight Poetry

3am – Comedy

6am – Science fiction

8am – Morning Poetry

For more information contact Yoliswa Dwane

Phone: 021 387 0022/3 Email:

For Donations contact Rich Conyngham

Phone 021 461 4189 Email:

24 Hour ‘Read-In’