Many parents from historically disadvantaged communities, believe that learning happens in the pre-school and the formal school sector only. Many parents lack the confidence, knowledge and skills to support their children through the learning process, which starts at birth. Homes lack appropriate resources which enable parents to engage in language and literacy-related activities. The objective of our reading programmes is to provide continuous structured programmes, guided by volunteers, to assist learners to read and write with confidence.
Reading and English Programme
The programme is co-ordinated by an experienced professional and 80 trained volunteers from VolunteerSA. The Grade 3 isiXhosa-speaking children at Phakamisani Primary and Kwanokuthula Primary, in Kwanokuthula, benefit from this initiative. By strengthening their English reading, comprehension and language skills, the programme prepares them for the transition from isiXhosa (Home Language in Grade R to Grade 3) to English (Home Language from Grade 4), as the language of learning and teaching. Donate your time.
Ready Steady Read Write – Wordworks
We have partnered with Wordworks, a Cape Town-based NGO, who supports early language and literacy development of children from previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa. The Ready Steady Read Write programme started at Kranshoek Primary in 2018, for Afrikaans Home Language learners. The programme provides Grade R and Grade 1 learners with support to learn to read and write successfully. Trained tutors (volunteers) from the community, work with pairs of learners on a weekly basis. A new Ready Steady Read Write site has started at Harkerville Primary in 2019. Donate your time.
Bitou Spelling Stars
Learners from all Bitou schools from Grade 1 to Grade 7 participate in internal school challenges, in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
Four participants from each school and grade, challenge each other at the Bitou Spelling Stars inter-school event, hosted by Kwanokuthula Primary School.
This initiative aims to:
• provide all learners with an educational experience which promotes healthy competition in supportive environments;
• increase reading, comprehension and cognitive skills;
• improve learners’ confidence, as they gain self-assurance through learning to speak in public.
The winners attend an Award Ceremony, to receive medals and certificates. A floating trophy is awarded to the winning schools for Junior Phase (Grade 1 to Grade 3) and Intersen Phase (Grade 4 to 7).
2019 - 5 662
2018 - 2 380