Literacy is said to contribute towards social and economic development. Improving literacy skills at a young age helps build a foundation for an active citizenry. By the time children reach grade four, they should be able to use different patterns, differentiate between sounds (decoding) and read quickly and fluently, but learning to read in South Africa is still a major challenge.
Project Literacy was established initially as a grassroots literacy project in 1973, and registered as a nonprofit company in 1986, to address the needs of illiterate and semi-literate adults in South Africa. The company is a leader in learning with more than 40 years experience in ABET provision; it is a well established and highly respected non profit company with expertise in a wide range of Education and Training programmes. With its headquarters in Pretoria, its training programmes reach adults and youth learners nationwide.
Living Through Learning (LTL) is a non-governmental oganisation in the education sector assisting in the literacy and technical subject arenas to uplift and equip disadvantaged youth with the requisite skills to succeed in life.
Living Through Learning seeks to appoint a recent BSc Graduate / Physical Science Facilitator for the Youth development programme, based in Cape Town.
Starting date: 1 May 2014
Wordworks is a growing nonprofit organisation, working with parents, teachers and children to improve early literacy and language development in historically disadvantaged communities
Wordworks seeks to appoint an experienced Business and Operations Manager, based in St James, Cape Town.
The person will be responsible for the smooth and efficient management of our organisation and in particular for financial planning and monitoring. S/he will report to the Director.
One of my favourite storybook characters as a child was Mrs Tiggywinkle from The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle by Beatrix Potter. She was a hedgehog who miraculously reinvented herself daily - without ever compromising her true identity - into an industrious entrepreneur who ran a laundry service! There she was bustling across the rolling green hills of the English countryside, a world that for me existed only in storybooks, the conversations of my parents and birthday cards from relatives.
I have just achieved one of my ambitions as an early literacy specialist – helping to bring into being several little board books for babies and toddlers in all of our 11 official languages. You may ask why on earth babies and toddlers should get books when they cannot even talk yet, and how can it matter what language to use when the babies obviously cannot even read?
Here is why I think it matters – enormously.
Reading with comprehension is a human right which does not happen for most South Africans. Is this blanket statement really true or are we ignoring the fact that significant numbers of people are reading in a different form of language than is expected of them – particularly the younger generation criticised for writing CVs and matric examination in so-called txt-tese, SMS language or chat speak?
I remember ‘pretend’ play as a child. Sometimes alone, murmuring quietly to myself in a story, slipping through characters and time, being whoever I wanted to be and making things happen in ways that were larger and brighter than life. Or with my sister, moving in an enchanted space where I would be the princess and she, being the youngest, would have to jump at my every request. Like all children, we would spend hours weaving the raw material of our experiences into compelling play, where at once we would make sense of and escape from our real world.
This is a call for the services of an agency/ consortium of agencies/ individuals available to extend evaluation support to the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) Early Grade Reading Programme (EGRP). The programme is a reading improvement intervention that seeks to support the instruction of Home Language and English First Additional (EFAL) reading outcomes of Foundation Phase classrooms in the North West province of South Africa. This document sets out the details of the project and the evaluation services required from 2021 to 2023.
The Department of Basic Education is looking to get the 1.9 million South Africans who cannot read nor write through the Mass Literacy Campaign, Kha Ri Gude programme.
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says her department is to recruit at least 44 000 people to teach adults basic literacy.
The campaign aims to achieve a level of basic literacy equivalent to three years of schooling and reduce the illiteracy rate by 50 percent in accordance with the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.