Our Volunteer Reading Help programme supports children who attend suburban schools but come from disadvantaged communities. These children often do not speak English as their primary language, and so benefit greatly from the one-on-one literacy tutoring they receive from our trained volunteers.
We recruit and train unemployed, literate adults from township communities to be Literacy Tutors and deliver our literacy programme in township schools. The Literacy Tutors receive a stipend and participate in a personal development and work readiness programme, helping them to secure a better future for themselves and their families.
A lack of access to literacy and reading resources is a serious challenge in South Africa, which is why we provide schools with carefully designed help2read Book Boxes. A treasure trove of literacy resources, our Book Boxes contain quality reading material, educational games, literacy worksheets and writing materials. The books and games are carefully selected to ensure they are age- and stage-appropriate, and are sometimes the only colourful resources that our children have the opportunity to engage with.