Township learners flourish under literacy project

2018-11-21 06:02
From left are Glenda Brunette (co-ordinator of Walmer Angels Project), Mark Headbush (Mark Headbush Foundation), Karen Jack (Shine Literacy Walmer Chapter) and Mandla Tisani (Mark Headbush Foundation).                                     Photos:SUPPLIED

From left are Glenda Brunette (co-ordinator of Walmer Angels Project), Mark Headbush (Mark Headbush Foundation), Karen Jack (Shine Literacy Walmer Chapter) and Mandla Tisani (Mark Headbush Foundation). Photos:SUPPLIED

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ONE of the projects proudly supported by the Mark Headbush Foundation, which caters for the needs of less-fortunate individuals, has made a big difference in the lives of local children.

Volunteers at the Shine Literacy Chapter in Walmer Township teach Grade 3 learners to read and write and comprehend the English written word. Foundation phase education is a cause close to the hearts of the Mark Headbush Foundation members and the project is vital because South Africa’s literacy rates remain low.

In South Africa, 78% of Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning. Shine Literacy’s programmes help transform the prospects of some of South Africa’s most vulnerable children by breaking the destructive cycle of poor literacy, low educational attainment, wasted potential and poverty.

The Shine Literacy Chapter in Walmer Township works hand in hand with Walmer Lower Primary School. The project is also approved by the Department of Education.

In 2018 a total of 108 of the 216 Grade 3 learners at Walmer Lower Primary School have been accommodated by 42 volunteers. The number of volunteers determines the number of at risk children they can help.

Four young people from Walmer Township are also being trained to not only be volunteers, but also to manage a project.

Anyone who would like to be a volunteer at Shine Literacy Chapter in Walmer Township can contact Karen Jack at karij@mweb.co.za or 084 900 9396.

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