Report underscores the importance of reading
An important report was released in Stellenbosch last month: "Laying Firm Foundations: Getting reading right", compiled by a team of researchers at RESEP for the Zenex Foundation. The report underscored the importance of reading, and the need to get reading right as early as possible - specifically in the foundation phase. Reading opens the door to all further learning. And, conversely, the inability to read and write is a major inhibitor of further learning.
Without a doubt an analysis of the current situation in South Africa is dire. The report found that less than half of students have learnt to read for meaning by the end of grade 3. The researchers state that this weak foundation is 'one of the major factors leading to poor learning outcomes in later grades'. This timely report serves as a reminder of the urgency with which we must view our work in literacy. Some of the discussions at the launch highlighted the impact of quality materials, which is what we support at FunDza, and called for more investigation into multi-lingual support, which is something we are interested in investigating further. Here is the link to the report itself.
FunDza staff have been out and about this last month... and we've had lots of visits from others to our office too! One of the exciting things was hosting six girls from Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School for Cell C's 'Take a girl child to work day'. We loved having their youthful energy and enthusiasm in our office and it gave us the chance to share our love of reading and, hopefully, grow some lifelong readers in the process. Read all about it here.
There's more too... an unforgettable Egyptian experience sharing what we've learned with educators and technologists across Africa, a trip to Durban to meet beneficiaries, a journey to Franschhoek taking False Bay College students to the festival... and throughout it all we continued to deliver books, run workshops, publish content online, give feedback to writers and much much more.
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With love and gratitude,
Mignon, Dorothy, Ros, Zimkhitha, Phoebe, Nandi, Ndibulele, Sonja, Dumisa, Siki, Xolisa, Lebo, Baleseng, Andrew, Rethabile and Steve