help2read

Reading Leaders: Youth Leaders for Literacy

To empower unemployed township youth into community role models, developing them into leaders in literacy by training them to provide one-on-one reading help and reading clubs to primary school learners in township schools, whilst simultaneously growing their professional experience.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1109567)

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Campaign target

£50,000

Amount raised

£80,797

Donations

55

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    Helping

Location

Situation

The Literacy Tutor (LT) programme is tackling the literacy crisis in South Africa where 78% of Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning. This comes with a high cost as low educational attainment is seen as the principle driver of youth unemployment, with estimates of 67% of township youth unemployed. Illiteracy is highest in disadvantaged communities with overcrowded classrooms (up to 50 children) & a lack of reading resources, where teachers are not able to provide one-on-one attention

Solution

Unemployed young people in townships are trained as Literacy Tutors to support primary school learners in their communities through one-on-one reading help and reading clubs. The LT Programme aims to improve the learners' literacy skills, while developing the youth's employability, personal and professional skills. Thus, we match learners with committed & trained Tutors to simultaneously address the foundation of problems of poor academic achievement, unemployability and poor economic growth.

  • ‚ÄúGrow a love of books and you will break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.‚Äù

    — Michelline Davids is a Literacy Tutor at Wes-Eind Primary School, and one of the young people enrolled in the Literacy Tutor Programme in 2018.

  • Reading a book gives you a sense of belonging, empathy, humility, self-knowledge, confidence, presence and joy. If those principles are implemented, it can build and uplift a community in dire poverty, with limited or no resources in relation to literacy, such as mine.‚Äù

    — Tiaan Papier, a Literacy Tutor in Wemmershoek and a young changemaker that is impacting his community by helping children learn to read.

  • ‚Äúhelp2read has helped me believe that anything is possible. Through the programme, I have learned that I can make a difference in lives of children. ... It makes me proud to think that in a few years from now, the learners that I help will be successful and achieve their goals.

    — Sade Williams, a young change leader from Wemmershoek who is making a positive difference in her community as a Literacy Tutor.

  • “Grow a love of books and you will break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.”

    — Michelline Davids is a Literacy Tutor at Wes-Eind Primary School, and one of the young people enrolled in the Literacy Tutor Programme in 2018.

  • Reading a book gives you a sense of belonging, empathy, humility, self-knowledge, confidence, presence and joy. If those principles are implemented, it can build and uplift a community in dire poverty, with limited or no resources in relation to literacy, such as mine.”

    — Tiaan Papier, a Literacy Tutor in Wemmershoek and a young changemaker that is impacting his community by helping children learn to read.

  • “help2read has helped me believe that anything is possible. Through the programme, I have learned that I can make a difference in lives of children. ... It makes me proud to think that in a few years from now, the learners that I help will be successful and achieve their goals.

    — Sade Williams, a young change leader from Wemmershoek who is making a positive difference in her community as a Literacy Tutor.