Models of Intervention

A comprehensive spectrum of interventions are required for a balanced literacy programme.

Interventions address resources needed by the learners to be able to read with meaning, while also equipping teachersparents and caregivers with skills necessary to support their children in the classroom and at home.

Driving functional literacy in primary schools - VW For Good

Driving functional literacy in primary schools - VW For Good

Functional literacy is the gateway to all learning, including numeracy. However, the majority of children in South Africa’s poorest areas are unable to read with comprehension after five years of schooling.

Through its broad-based Legacy Literacy Programme, VW For Good's goal is for all learners in Uitenhage to be functionally literate by the end of grade 3.

Building Blocks of a Successful Literacy Programme

Building Blocks of a Successful Literacy Programme

Together with its partners Edupeg, Shine Literacy and Nal’iBali, VW For Good developed and implemented a comprehensive literacy programme, based on a baseline study conducted by Rhodes University and UNISA.

It focuses on the three main components which were identified as the most critical for a balanced literacy programme (the learners, teachers, parents and caregivers).

Funda Wande: Teaching Reading for Meaning

While there are many reasons for the reading crisis in South Africa, one of the most prominent is that Foundation Phase teachers do not know (and have never been taught) how to teach reading. The Funda Wande: Teaching Reading for Meaning” project aims to help address this course by developing a high-quality, free, open-access and SAQA-approved course: the ‘Certificate in Teaching Early Grade Reading.” All course materials will be available in isiXhosa (the pilot language) and subtitled in English. There will also be an English First Additional language sub-course. It is largely video-based with on-site coaches visiting teachers in their classrooms once every two weeks.

Nal'ibali Literacy Programme

Together with Nal’ibali, VW For Good has supported the creation of 25 reading clubs at the five schools in the programme, and another 11 reading and ‘story play’ clubs at ECD and community centres in Uitenhage.

Parenting Workshops: Shine Literacy

These workshops equip parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to help them better support learning in their homes. Parents are taught to value their existing knowledge and encouraged to embrace their vital role in their children’s education. The workshops provide tips, practical ideas and new resources for making learning in the home fun and enjoyable.

Shine Literacy Centre

Shine Literacy provides individualised support to children in grades 2 and 3 who are at risk of falling behind. Children are paired with a trained volunteer with whom they work once or twice a week during the school day, over a period of at least one year. Shine also ensures that classrooms are equipped with multicultural age-appropriate storybooks to promote a culture of reading throughout the school. Paired and shared partnerships enable younger children to receive help and mentorship from older learners within their schools.