Reading coaches and DoE visit wind farm

2016-02-18 06:00
Local community school reading coaches (from left) Joszelle Baard (Quagga Primary School), Shaun Lewis (Patensie Primary School), Evenay Claasen (Kruisfontein Primary School) and Bradley Stefaans (Sea Vista Primary School) recently visited the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm between Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay.         Photo: SUPPLIED

Local community school reading coaches (from left) Joszelle Baard (Quagga Primary School), Shaun Lewis (Patensie Primary School), Evenay Claasen (Kruisfontein Primary School) and Bradley Stefaans (Sea Vista Primary School) recently visited the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm between Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay. Photo: SUPPLIED

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REPRESENTATIVES from the Department of Education (DoE) together with a group of local school reading coaches recently visited Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm as part of the wind farm’s community programme.

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“We were so delighted to welcome the reading coaches and members of the DoE, as their involvement and support are key to our various school programmes,” says Marion Green-Thompson.

The DoE is accountable for all programmes within schools and works in a mutually supportive relationship with ITEC, an NPO situated in East London, to deliver school-based programmes. ITEC believes that the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s Foundation Phase Reading Coaches Support Programme is an excellent example of how well the public and private sector can work together to benefit society.

The wind farm is committed to helping communities through education, with a focus on foundation and early childhood development. The programme aims to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of primary school learners, through the introduction of Reading Coaches into 12 beneficiary schools. Coaches run reading sessions with groups of up to fifteen grades 1 to 3 learners at a time, although most of these groups are smaller so that each child gets individual attention.

This programme, was launched in October 2014, has been funded for a three-year period by the wind farm to the value of R1 307 540 to date, of which R198 000 was specifically allocated for the purchase of books for approximately 6 762 learners across twelve schools, all falling within a 50km radius of the wind farm.

. Participating schools in the vicinity of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm include Chigwell Primary School, Gamtoos Valley Primary School, Graslaagte Primary School, Kruisfontein Primary School, Masisebenze Primary School, Mzingisi Primary School, Patensie Primary School, Quagga Primary School, St Patricks EC Primary School, Vukani Primary School, Weston Primary School and Sea Vista Primary School.

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