Tyume Valley Schools (TVS)

Improving literacy in Tyume Valley, South Africa

The project aims to improve overall literacy levels and IT skills by focusing on reading comprehension for young students plus writing & speaking for school leavers. By improving literacy and IT skills, pupils will have better access to the curriculum & improved life chances.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1103909)

Campaign target

£23,200

Amount raised

£23,250

Donations

21

Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation

Situation

South Africa has a crisis in basic literacy skills. The 2016 PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy) placed SA last. More than 50% of children were unable to read the lowest level by age 9. Children in remote rural schools achieved significantly below those in cities. Youth unemployment is exceptionally high at 38.2%. The underlying problem is a lack of good quality teaching & appropriate literacy resources, poorly trained teachers & an absence of reading culture in schools & homes

Solution

Provide a wide range of high quality books, software & reading materials, in book boxes & library centres. Reading ambassadors will be trained to promote a reading culture in village communities & to underpin reading for meaning. Training & mentoring will be provided by our staff plus teachers in schools. Further intensive training will take place at annual study camps, both for young pupils & schools leavers. Over the 3 year project we aim to reach 200-300 pupils in each year.