In February 2017, our first group of Literacy Tutors began working with learners in Grades 2 to 4 at Wemmershoek Primary. We soon saw the desperate need for literacy support across all grades at the school, and in response, our Literacy Tutors at Wemmershoek Primary are now providing reading and literacy support to 190 learners in Grades 1 to 7.
June 16 is Youth Day in South Africa, a poignant reminder of the power and potential of youth as changemakers in society; a role that we as South Africans have perhaps not given enough credit to, supported or included as an integral part of the solution to our country’s most pressing issues.
In December, a group of UCT and Stellenbosch students cycled from Cape Town to Keurboom, near Plettenberg Bay, to raise funds for help2read. The group of 13 students cycled for 11 days during their varsity vacation, raising R25,000 for help2read.
We are thrilled to announce that our Founder and Chairperson, Alex Moss, was honoured with the Lifetime Giving Back Award at the annual SA Chamber Business Awards 2017.
A lack of proper infrastructure and access to books are two major contributing factors to the literacy crisis in South Africa. Thankfully, there are organisations around the country that are dedicated to creating safe, educational spaces where children can not only access books, but fall in love with reading.
At help2read, we are committed to building a strong collaborative movement to eradicate illiteracy in the next generation. To this end, we are delighted to have secured funding to implement a collaborative effort with Nali’Bali that will see help2read Literacy Tutors trained and supported to add FUNda Leadership…
High levels of literacy are essential for economic growth, prosperity and the sustainability of democracy and will ensure the sustainability of stability and society. So said Mondli Makhanya in his presentation to the more than 120 stakeholders who came together this Literacy Day to talk about the importance of literacy to democracy and prosperity in South Africa.
Mandela Day at help2read is about doing more of what we do best: spreading our love of reading and strengthening our fight for literacy.
help2read’s 10th anniversary is marked by the warm thanks and gratitude expressed by all its schools. We are especially grateful to have been recognised as an important contributor to the education of South Africa’s primary school learners.
help2read came about because at the end of the last century I was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s amazing achievement and believed, as he did, that there can be no true democracy without education and no education without literacy.
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