The Mikhulu Child Development Trust works with organisations and governments to train their teams. These teams then deliver dialogic book-sharing courses to parents, caregivers and pre-school teachers across South Africa. Book-sharing is most effective when done with wordless, or text-light picture-books, which we produce and make available to our partners.

Our partners either deliver the full book-sharing courses, or work with us to integrate book-sharing into their existing programmes.

Full Courses

The full book-sharing course for parents comprises eight weekly sessions of 90 minutes. The course for pre-school teachers runs for four weekly sessions of 60 minutes. In each session, parents and pre-school teachers learn specific techniques through watching and discussing videos with a facilitator. They are also supervised to practice with children what they have learned.

WATCH: The first video of the 4-part course for pre-school teachers.


We train facilitators over four or five days in small groups. We provide ongoing mentorship through a structured support programme. We can train facilitators of any education level as long as they can read, have basic computer skills (such as using PowerPoint) and have experience teaching adults.

Integrated Programmes

We work closely with partners to integrate book-sharing into their own specific programmes. For example, we have worked with:

  • ​Western Cape Department of Health in South Africa to teach parents about book-sharing in public clinics,
  • City of Cape Town Libraries, training all children’s librarians in Cape Town to use book-sharing in their summer programme and
  • University of Gottingen to deliver the book-sharing course as a home-visiting programme in Bihar, India.
DOWNLOAD: Detailed programme overview and training process (PDF)

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