On a mission to erase illiteracy

2018-07-10 06:01
The “before” pics of the reading area at Rosmead Central Primary School.

The “before” pics of the reading area at Rosmead Central Primary School.

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The library and reading area at Rosmead Central Primary School is being revamped thanks to the #100BY100 Challenge organised by the Help2Read organisation in Century City.

“This year marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela and like him we would like to improve lives through literacy. Our mission is to reignite the appetite for reading in children on Mandela Day on Wednesday 18 July in the #100BY100Challenge,” says Gina Aphane, spokesperson for Help2Read.

The organisation is reviving reading rooms and spaces at partner schools in Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as collecting items for resource boxes that will be gifted to underresourced schools.

“We are inviting our partners to get involved in two ways in the challenge and make a big difference in the lives of children that struggle to read.

“At Rosmead we created an exciting and engaging reading space that is inviting for learners to encourage reading.

“We need a range of items to help create engaging reading spaces to donate to the schools to help expand their literacy outreach. Rosmead needs paint, a wooden gate, a carpet, a pinboard of 1500mm and wooden partitions,” she says.

Items needed for the resource boxes are educational games and puzzles, reading books, pencils, sharpeners, glue sticks, felt-tipped pens, pipe cleaners, A4 and A3 paper, skipping ropes, emoji balls, balloons, tennis balls, laminating sheets for A3 and A4, playdough, and finger and face paint, among others­.

The revamp inventory includes 100 chairs, beanbags, mats, interior wall paint, writing desks, ottomans, scatter cushions, bookshelves, lockable cabinets, wet wipes, markers, finger puppets, buckets/jars/pencil holders, alphabet mats and teddy bears.

“Help2Read is a non-profit organisation on a mission to erase illiteracy in our country. Our work seeks to address systemic risks that are founded on low levels of literacy in South Africa’s school-going children.

“Over the last 12 years, we’ve worked in over 225 schools and helped 17 500 children access literacy support to learn to read or improve reading for meaning skills,” Aphane says.

Their literacy intervention programmes are run at the schools and provide children who struggle to read with one-on-one attention from a volunteer reading helper or community literacy tutor.

“Through consistent literacy input, reading help and fun activities, the children that participate in our programmes not only learn to read, they fall in love with it. Be the legacy this Mandela Day and contact us to join the #100by100 challenge,” she says.

V Contact Aphane on 021 930 3669 or email info@­help2read.org.

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