We are in the process of planning our 2019 Project Literacy Breakfast
On Friday, 1 February 2019, our Free State staff, co-ordinated by our provincial representative, Thozama Ponti, participated with Nal’ibali in the World Read Aloud Day. In the morning our Run Home to Read Reading Champions read to about 2000 children in schools, and in the afternoon they read to about 500 Run Home to Read Children on our project in Bloemfontein. The children are also part of Nal’ibali Book Clubs, run by Project Literacy.
See some photos of participants taken at the event.
Fundraising Event at Liliesleaf Museum, Rivonia
On 5 July 2018 Project Literacy held an Annual Breakfast of Insights at the Liliesleaf Museum in Rivonia, where former President Kgalema Motlanthe was the keynote speaker. We extend our grateful thanks to Nick Wolpe, Director of Liliesleaf Museum for allowing us to use the Liliesleaf Venue for this occasion.
Brenda Kali, former President Kgalema Motlanthe, CEO Steven le Roux and Chairperson of the Board, Meg Pahad
Giuliana Bland from The Jim Joel Trust and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust with Project Literacy staff
Chieta Gauteng Learner
Ms Nare Florah Manenzhe, aged 54, who resides in Winterveldt joined the programme in July 2017. She was part of the Pre-Abet group and the rest of her classmates were placed in ABET Level 3 and 4. Because of her commitment and dedication to her learning work she has been moved to ABET Level 1. She enjoys reading English books now because she can understand them and she can write sentences without a struggle anymore. She can also do additions and subtractions in Maths. We would like to thank both her English and Numeracy facilitators for this learner’s remarkable progress and we also say a big thank you to Chieta (The Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority) for funding this worthwhile programme.
New learner, Nara Florah Manenzhe, second from right.
Project Literacy - Department of Police, Roads and Transport (Free State)
Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET)
The project seeks to address the skills gap and ease the promotion process in the department. Employees involved in this programme are long-serving employees of the department with vast experience in their specific work. Some are Machine Operators, Roads Workers, Drivers and Road Works Foreman with little and some with no education at all.
8-Hour classes are conducted and learners sleep over at the Centre. We started in mid-September with ABET Level 1 & 2 with 12 learners with a group of men well over 50 years old who are committed and eager to learn.
It is always exciting to see them learning to read and write step by step, not to mention learning to speak English. Some of them could not sign or read documents but today they even boast about buying newspapers and checking children’s homework.
- Of the 5 that started ABET Level 1 with us 4 were found to be COMPETENT and 1 on the THRESHOLD. Subsequently, the group proceeded to ABET Level 2 (awaiting Results)
- Of the 7 that started ABET Level 2, all 7 of them were found to be COMPETENT with 2 on Higher Credit. 5 of the learners who started with us from ABET level 1 are now with us on ABET level 3.
- We now have 3 learners on NQF 1.
- We have a dedicated team of learners who have been with us at this Training Centre for the past 3 months without failure.
From our KZN office: Inspiring stories about our Prolit adult learners
It is so encouraging, and makes our job so worthwhile, to work with adult learners who are determined to educate themselves through challenging circumstances.
We have learners who have proved that improving their education is very important to them no matter how old they are. Their self-confidence is boosted and many of them obtain promotion at work and earn a higher salary. Many of our adult learners show much courage by attending classes while still doing their jobs, coping with their families’ needs and studying at night to improve their education and their lifestyles, and despite many challenges, they make the effort and persist with their studies.
A special learner is Derrick Zondi from the SAPS Durban class who is so determined to learn no matter what the circumstances even if he has to walk a few miles to attend because of lack of transport. One day, despite a terrible storm, Zondi came to class even though all the other learners stayed away. Another special learner at the SAPS Durban Class is Ruben Dludla who is a born leader. He often takes the initiative to motivate and encourage fellow learners. Sometimes he even groups them according to their abilities to help them better their Maths skills.
On Monday 6 February Steven le Roux received, on behalf of Project Literacy, a certificate recognising Project Literacy as an Exceptional Partner of the University of Pretoria’s JCP Programme. Project Literacy donates books to students to supply to primary school libraries as part of this programme.
Prof Sunil Maharaj (Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology)
Steven le Roux
Laetitia Cassells (Junior Lecturer: Publishing)
Prof Carin de Villiers (Head of Department: Informatics)
Here are some photos of the end product:
On Saturday 28th January Project Literacy CEO received an “Unashamedly Ethical” award for ensuring Project Literacy is run along ethical principles.
Steven le Roux & Graham Power (Chairman and Founding Member)
Highlights 2015 & 2016
Run Home to Read site visit to Kliptown, Gauteng, with Ms Katie Huston from The DG Murray Trust on 17th November 2016.
DG Murray site visit, 17 November: Together with DG Murray’ Kate Huston, we visited the Molefe family in Kliptown in the Angola Section.
The site visit delegation consisted of our visitor from DG Murray Trust, Ms Katie Huston and Project Literacy’s CEO, Mr Steven le Roux, Executive Director, Mrs Lungile Moleko and Project Coordinator, Ms Thuli Kubheka. We met our Reading Champions, Ms Mamaila Mabokachaba and Ms Nombulelo Motlhabeng, and the Caregivers, Ms Matshidiso Molefe and Rapelang Molefe as well as Peleki Ramoshiane who is a beneficiary on the project.
Pics of Project Literacy’s year end function held at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 9 December 2016 attended by Project Literacy head office staff, our facilitators working at South Deep Mines, and a few members of our Board of Directors. It was a beautiful venue and we all had a great time!!!!
In 2015 and 2016 Project Literacy ran an AET Practitioner Learnership in the Winelands and Overberg districts of the Western Cape, funded by the ETDP SETA. On 14 December 2016 Steven le Roux attended the graduation ceremony, where 43 learners achieved their NQF 5 Higher Certificate in AET Practices, and another 2 achieved a part qualification. 86% of the learners who completed achieved the full qualification.
Andre Damons – Director (Acting), Community Education and Training, DHET, Western Cape Region
Connell Balie – Overberg District AET Coordinator, DHET, Western Cape
Daunton Ogilvie – Project Literacy Trainer and Assessor
Bongani Xotyeni – Head of AET and FET, DHET Western Cape
Graduate learners with Learner Representative
Daunton Ogilvie with learners
Anne Marais – Acting IMG: CET Western Cape Region, Cape Winelands Education District
Anne Marais with Connell Balie
Fikile Machimana – ETDP SETA Provincial Coordinator, Western Cape