Children are born with a disposition to develop their language and communication skills. Hearing will already have been developed in the womb, and the foetus would already be listening to a language before its birth. This development complements the acquisition of literacy at a later stage. It is therefore important for parents and guardians to know how to speak to their children and how to expose them to reading books suitable for their age.
In light of all this, the National Literacy Agency within the Ministry foEducationon and Labour is organising a talk for those who are expecting an addition to the family, to show them how to develop in an interactive manner their children’s literacy skills before birth. This talk is being held weekly at the Parentcraft Services at Mater Dei Hospital, and families can choose to attend a talk in either Maltese or English.
Some 50 persons had attended this talk by the end of June. The first talk in Gozo is scheduled for Saturday, 3 August in the the maternity ward at the Gozo General Hospital. During the talk parents and/or guardians will be encouraged to attend sessions of the Aqra Miegħi/Read with Me programme.
These free sessions are held weekly at public libraries as well as in gardens, Local Council halls and primary schools. Anyone wishing to attend can go to the ‘Aqra Miegħi’ Facebook page which carries the schedule every week, or can otherwise call on 2598 2999.