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.
We are often asked by parents and caregivers of primary school-going children, “How can I help my child learn to read?”. But learning to read really starts years before a child enters primary school.
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.
In the second instalment of our Who Is Who In Literacy series we feature Wordworks, an organisation that supports early language and literacy development among children from birth to 8 years.
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