“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
DID YOU KNOW?
– Almost 90% of South Africans under the age of seven have no form of reading material
in their home language.
– Half of Grade 3 children scored less than 35% on standardised assessments of literacy.
– Only 5% of parents in South Africa read to their children.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
– A significant factor influencing a child’s early educational (and therefore later) success
is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.
– Improved literacy can contribute to economic growth; reduce poverty; reduce crime;
promote democracy; increase civic engagement; and confer personal benefits such as
increased self-esteem, confidence and empowerment.
Mandela claimed, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to
change the world.” These words resonate strongly with the Learning in Reach team who
are on a mission to build an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre of Excellence in Lavender Hill
as a means to driving change and providing hope to the children of Lavender Hill. Having secured land to build, they are full steam ahead with preparations including teacher training, resource making, and of course fundraising.
September is Literacy Month, with International Literacy Day on 8 September. Learning in
Reach are preparing to deliver 6700 books to the children of Lavender Hill, while raising
funds to support parent empowerment programs and the establishment of the new ECD
centre, Rock of the Hills.
International studies have revealed that regardless of nationality, level of education, or
their parents’ economic status, children who grew up with books in their homes reached
a higher level of education than those who did not.*
Leanne Reid, Project Director of Learning in Reach says, “Literacy is a key that unlocks
the world of knowledge. If you can read, you can learn anything you set your mind to.
Developing a love of reading and improving literacy levels cannot be underestimated as
a tool to changing lives.”
Take up the #PowerOfLiteracy Challenge. Pledge a book via Learning In Reach’s
Candystick moneybox and email your personalised message to Power of Literacy by
Saturday 30 September 2017.
Learning in Reach will wrap, personalise and deliver the pledged book to a child in Lavender Hill on your behalf.
For more information, please connect with Leanne, firstname.lastname@example.org.