For 10 years, World Read Aloud Day has drawn global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories with children. As it was celebrated on 1st February, it is worth taking time to consider the countless benefits of reading aloud and the opportunity to integrate it into our daily interactions with children.
The help2read team has kicked off the year with the introduction of a new and exciting feature to share with all our readers and supporters on the first Tuesday of each month called Book of the Month.
elp2read was gifted with two charity ballot entries in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. We are excited to announce the two special and committed runners who have taken on the mission of unlocking the hearts and wallets of sponsors to achieve the charity goal of at least £1,750 as our Literacy Champions in the Virgin Money London Marathon taking place on 28 April 2019.
As I had expected my arrival at London Heathrow Airport was on a dark, cold and very wet morning in the UK. I was further inconveniently dropped at the end of Kings Lane owing to my driver’s unwillingness to take his car down the muddy lane.
The help2read Literacy Tutor Programme kicked off in 2018 with 112 dynamic young individuals, 65 of which were from Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, and 47 from Diepsloot and Alexandra in Gauteng.
In September, we welcomed our new captain-in-chief and CEO, Lynn Campbell, to the help2read team. This exciting transition provided us with the perfect opportunity to assess our work to date, plan for the future and identify sustainable and effective strategies…
On 16 October 2018, the Cape Town based Levi Strauss team gave the learners at Schotsche Kloof Primary School a special treat. Dressed up in fairytale characters and inspiring t-shirts, the Levis team could be seen at various spots around the school, spending valuable time reading with learners before donating two book boxes to the school.
Earlier this year, help2read partnered with Kaya FM’s Kaya Cares to provide a sustainable literacy intervention programme in the new container library gifted to Entandweni Primary School in Soweto.
On the 8th of October, I left help2read’s UK office in Oxford Circus to work alongside my colleagues in South Africa for 2, 5 weeks. On arrival, I attended an annual celebration event for one of help2read’s literacy development collaboration partners, Partners for Possibility.
It’s 8 am on Monday morning at Ekukhanyisweni Primary School in Alexandra township, Johannesburg. Refilwe Matomela, a 24-year-old resident of Alexandra, sits down with a Grade 4 learner to start a one-on-one reading session in the container library at the school.
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