This project has been operational for four years of which two years were dedicated to piloting and customising the programme, its delivery and training method to ensure success and sustainability in our affiliated preschools. The programme is successfully running in 21 preschools with a further 10 having come on line during 2013. This project by its very nature is continuous as children that started out at a young age need to continue up to and including Grade R, to ensure they are able to read and comprehend by the time they reach Grade One. The preschools also always have new children entering the preschool, some as babies and others as toddlers. The teacher training cycle is also continuous as the Trust has new preschools constantly affiliating to take advantage of the teacher training in the literacy programme. The programme requires regular onsite monitoring and mentoring to ensure best operating practices are continuously adhered to.
The impact of this literacy programme is in the process of being researched by a MEd Student from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and is funded by the D.G. Murray Trust. This research hopes to ratify the tremendous results and achievements that our fieldworkers and teachers are seeing in the children’s growing ability to read and comprehend in their mother tongue and often in a second language Afrikaans and/or English. Further funding is required to ensure the on-going training and on-site support necessary to ensure the programme is entrenched and extended towards the children knowing sound/symbol relationships and word building before entering Grade One. Please contact Nicky Goodall should you be interested in supporting this valuable programme.
|All children from the age of 6 months to participate in developing their mother tongue Xhosa, Afrikaans and/or English.||
|Improve literacy by providing children with the ability to read and comprehend in their mother tongue before entering formal school.||
|Children learn language through discovery, one-on-one interaction, exploring through play and incidental learning.||
|Literacy programme entrenchment and extension support workshops.||
|Literacy programme progress validated through independent research.||