Who Is Who In Literacy – Meet Biblionef

Have a bookshelf lined with books at home? Count yourself privileged. In South Africa, access to books is a major challenge hindering literacy; a challenge that particularly impacts children from impoverished families, who are less likely to own or have access to reading material at home.

The Beanstalk Share and Learning Journey

My journey began as I stepped into London, a buzzing city with vibrant people and energized in every aspect. Shortly after our arrival, we met the team at our sister organization Beanstalk, a diverse group of people who are passionate about literacy.

Climbing The Beanstalk

On the 2nd of October, three help2read staff members embarked on a Learning Share Journey to London to visit our literacy sister charity, Beanstalk. It was a very educative journey of many miles around the UK, which was akin to climbing a giant beanstalk!

Tackling the poverty of opportunity – Monique’s story

In South Africa, over 66% of the population is under the age of 35. Sadly, young people aged 18 to 35 also make up the bulk of South Africa’s unemployed population. There are a number of reasons for this, but there’s one that we believe is particularly crippling – the poverty of opportunity.

Celebrating The Joy Of Reading During Literacy Month

September saw our teams increase our efforts in highlighting the growing concerns around the number of children who are able to read and write at even a basic level. National literacy month challenged many to focus on ways of improving literacy levels and highlighting the importance of reading and having access to books.

The Literacy Landscape In South Africa

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.

Who Is Who In Literacy – Meet FunDza

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.

Seattle Coffee launches limited edition help2read coffee sleeves

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.

Programme Update: Literacy Tutors at Wemmershoek

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.

Who Is Who In Literacy – Meet Shine Literacy

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.