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Volunteering for our Early Literacy Programme affords individuals a variety of opportunities to increase literacy skills in our Bitou primary schools.

A study of the Bitou schools’ Systemic Evaluation results, 2016, has indicated a need for early home language literacy intervention. Almost 50 % of our Grade 3 learners are entering Grade 4 without the necessary reading skills. This causes a barrier to learning as they are unable to make meaning of the new subject matter in the Intermediate Phase.

Our solution is to pilot the Wordworks Reading System into one of our schools. This is Afrikaans paired reading with a volunteer, where the learners are involved in various activities aimed to enrich vocabulary, enhance letter recognition, speaking and reading skills.

Each volunteer will receive the necessary training, a volunteer kit and a schedule per term. Volunteers are needed for a minimum of 2 hours per week, 6 months per year.

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