help2read

Literacy for life, for livelihoods, for good

The ability to read can transform a life, a community, a nation. Literacy is the foundation of learning. It is central to understanding and participating in the world. It unlocks doors to opportunity, encourages active citizenship, enables prosperity, promotes democracy.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1109567)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£50,000

Amount raised

£50,000

Donations

24

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment

    Helping

Location

  • I have become passionate about reading!!! I want to know more and read much more than I did before. The learners allowed me to be easy on myself. It‚Äôs easy for a child to learn to trust. I find them warm and welcoming. You learn from them.

    — Nomapondo - Literacy Tutor

  • We have gained respect from the community as tutors in our community schools. Community members approach us in a different way and ask for advice for their children.

    — Bulelwa

  • I have become passionate about reading!!! I want to know more and read much more than I did before. The learners allowed me to be easy on myself. It’s easy for a child to learn to trust. I find them warm and welcoming. You learn from them.

    — Nomapondo - Literacy Tutor

  • We have gained respect from the community as tutors in our community schools. Community members approach us in a different way and ask for advice for their children.

    — Bulelwa

Situation

In South Africa more than ¼ of Grade 2 learners cannot read a single word and more than 80% of Grade 5 learners have not mastered reading. Shocking statistics that have a massive impact on employability, prosperity, democracy, development. Many children come from homes that are so poor, with hard working parents who travel long distances, with little time to instil a love of reading or money to spend on books. Library access is also limited. This does not help promote a culture of reading.

Solution

Our reading help & literacy skills programmes are run at over 60 public primary schools in suburbs and townships, providing consistent one-on-one attention from a dedicated Reading Helper. But we have to reach more children if we are to erase illiteracy. In 2017 we are expanding our activities, building partnerships with teaching institutions, children’s homes, caregivers and youth centres, training them to use our methodology, set up community reading clubs and promote a love of reading.