On Literacy Day one year ago, we came to terms with the harsh and sobering reality of the literacy crisis in South Africa. The statistics are shocking. Even more so the thought of their implications in years to come. As a nation, we cannot afford to operate in silos. We must collaborate, share findings, and critically assess whether interventions are working.
In this month’s edition of Who Is Who In Literacy we feature FunDza, a local NGO that is tackling access to books and stories head on by providing disadvantaged youth with relevant and engaging reading material.
South African literacy organisation, help2read, is helping youth creatively engage with the world of work whilst also providing critical literacy infrastructure and services to their communities in the Western Cape and Gauteng.
We have some exciting news to share! Seattle Coffee has just released five limited edition coffee sleeves in support of help2read. Each of the five coffee sleeves features the artwork of a learner enrolled in our reading programmes at schools across the Western Cape.
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.
In this month’s instalment of Who Is Who In Literacy, we chat with Maurita Weissenberg, the Founder of Shine Literacy. Shine is a non-profit dedicated to improving literacy outcomes for young children from disadvantaged communities in South Africa, and works with children in Grades Two and Three.
Registered Non-Profit 063-979 PBO 930027054 UK Charity Reg No. 1109567