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Children learn in class, and outside. But, over time, they learn more at school

By Symen A. Brouwers, Extraordinary Research Scientist, North-West University
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School is a key component of our societies. In school, children learn to read and write. And being able to read is meant to help people of all ages to think at a higher level and make their lives better.

It is not surprising that literacy is thus an important goal for global development agencies. The “multiplier effect” of literacy is believed to empower people, enabling them to participate in society and improve their livelihoods.

The truth is, learning basic skills such…


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