This Mandela Day, we called upon our supporters to champion literacy and make a BIG difference in the lives of children that struggle to read. Marking 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, this year’s commemoration was one to remember with the launch of the #100by100 Challenge, as well as numerous activities and celebrations with learners at our partner schools.
Holiday Reading Clubs are always a big highlight on the help2read calendar, and it’s not hard to see why! A combination of high-energy games, fun activities and reading adventures creates a brilliant mix that gets children learning and reading during the school holidays.
There’s a saying that goes, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”. Whether a parent, reading helper or teacher, reading aloud with a child is one of the best ways to develop a love of reading in young children.
Being 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, this Mandela Day is an exceptionally special one. As part of the celebrations, we invited our Reading Helpers and learners to reflect on their progress and write down words that signify what they’ve learnt during the reading sessions.
On 14 June 2018, help2read co-hosted a charity dinner to mark the 100 Anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The Icons Dinner recognised his powerful leadership and also celebrated the contribution made by 30 other important South African Icons of the past 100 years to nation-building in the new South Africa.
There’s something magical about creating your own books, which is why it’s one of our all-time favourite activities to do with our help2read learners. What’s more is that it is wonderfully easy to do and inexpensive to create, and the options are absolutely endless!
I’ve always known that every child is on their own unique journey as they grow and develop. It was only when I became a Volunteer Reading Helper in 2014 that I realised the important role that reading plays along that journey of development.
School holidays are around the corner. We’ve seen many learners make great progress in their reading over the past school term, but we know all too well that if children put down their books over the holidays, their reading ability can drop.
“Readers are leaders”. It’s a saying that’s often used to inspire children to read and rightly so. Books play a powerful role in developing the young minds of future leaders and it’s not hard to see why when you begin to unpack the many benefits of reading.
From launching programmes at new schools to partnering with universities to train future teachers, 2018 has been a fun-filled, action-packed year so far. We have seen a lot of exciting growth in various areas, and are thrilled to see so many new wonderful volunteers and Literacy Tutors join our programmes, each one making a lasting impact on the lives of children in South Africa.
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