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Brigid Comrie

Senior Literacy Specialist

Brigid has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Cape Town, a Diploma in Specialised Education from the University of South Africa, a Speech and Hearing Specialist Diploma from UCT, and a Parenting and Leadership Certificate from the Parent Centre. She worked for the Western Cape Education Department where she was responsible for managing Learning Support in the mainstream, and subsequently as a freelance education specialist. She is the author of several textbooks published by Juta’s. She is a founding member of Wordworks, and designed and developed the Home-School Partnerships Programme.

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We are working collaboratively to grow WordNetworks – an informed, resourced and motivated network of individuals, organisations, institutions and schools.

This network promotes the importance of, and works effectively for the improvement of children’s early language and literacy, through their association with our programmes and materials.

A significant proportion of our work takes place together with schools and centres reporting to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).  Click here for the reports sent to WCED Districts in 2017 and 2018.

In 2017 we worked in partnership with 54 organisations and 308 ECD centres and schools that were members of WordNetworks. See more details of the reach of the network here.

Through our network, programmes are being used in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.  See map here.

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Bukelwa Yuze

Early Literacy Specialist and Trainer

Bukelwa, who has a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree, comes to Wordworks from the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development where she specialised in support for Grades 2 and 3 between 2011 – 2015. Prior to that she had 19 years of teaching in the foundation phase in Cape Town. As a teacher trainer, Bukelwa has a special interest in isiXhosa and English literacy, and the promotion of early reading. She is an advocate for the holistic development of the child with an emphasis on child-friendly classroom management, and with a strong interest in inclusive education.

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Cathy Lincoln

Senior Literacy Specialist 

Cathy has a BA, a post-graduate diploma in Early Childhood Development and another in secondary school teaching. She joined Wordworks in 2011 after 30 years in the classroom. For 21 of those years she taught pre-primary classes, including children with special needs. She has also taught English as a second language to High School Afrikaans and isiXhosa speakers.

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Sue Setton

Ready Steady Read Write Programme Manager

Sue has a Diploma in Junior Primary Education from Rhodes University and has experience teaching children in the foundation phase at regular schools and at schools for deaf children. She has completed a TEFL course and has experience teaching children and adults English as a second language. After she qualified with a Diploma in Special Education from UNISA, she worked at Herzlia Primary as the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and later headed up the Learning Support Team.

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Lynn Stefano

Every Word Counts Programme Manager

Lynn has a Masters in Agriculture (Food Security) and Post Grad Diploma in Agriculture (Rural resource management). She has since 1997 worked with deeply rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal to improve their access to information and promote adult and early literacy. As director of the Family Literacy Project for six years, she gained experience in home visiting programmes, community libraries, maternal and child health and community-driven development. Lynn joined Wordworks in February 2014.

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Colleen Diedericks

Home-School Partnerships Programme Manager

Colleen was a Foundation Phase subject advisor for 7 years in the Metro South Education District. She has 26 years of teaching experience in both intermediate and foundation phase prior to becoming a subject advisor. She served as the Head of Department in Foundation Phase for 8 years and holds a B.Ed Degree, a Diploma in Specialised Education as well as a Primary Teachers’ Diploma. After serving the WCED for 32 years, Colleen worked as a READ Educational Trust trainer and teacher mentor and then at UCT in the SDU unit after which she joined the Wordworks Team.

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The green dress

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One day, Mr and Mrs Madiswa were making breakfast in the kitchen. Sam was in his bedroom getting dressed for school. He put on his grey shorts, white shirt, grey socks and black shoes. Zinzi walked into the bedroom. Sam said, “Zinzi, you can’t go to school in your pyjamas! Where is your school dress?

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Ali and the paint

Once upon a time, Mr and Mrs Ibrahim owned a shop. They worked in the shop every day. One day Mrs Ibrahim came home from work and she had two presents in her bag – one for Musa and one for his little brother, Ali. She took one present out of her bag. It was a big, round shape. Ma read the card.

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Spot goes to the shop

Zinzi and Sam live with their father and mother. They have a little dog called Spot. Everybody loves Spot. Just down the road from their house is a spaza shop. This is Mr Ibrahim’s shop.

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