Children's Literacy Development in SA

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Children’s literacy development in South Africa is in crisis. New approaches are needed in order to facilitate a whole language experience and a love of reading. This challenge has been taken up by organisations such as Nal’ibali, Wordworks, and the FunDza Literacy Trust, with the Lebone Literacy Programme acting as a partner in Grahamstown. The talk will detail some of these, as well as the parent programmes that are being developed as part of an inclusive stakeholder strategy that shows how children’s literacy develops through different role players. Cathy Gush is the coordinator of the Lebone Literacy Programme in Grahamstown, a Trustee of the national literacy organization Nal’íbali, and currently completing a Masters degree in Journalism and Media Studies.


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