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How our training works

We have an open application process for schools and NGO’s who would like to attend training in one of our programmes.  The intention of our work with schools and other organisations is not that they become Wordworks’ branches or franchisees, but that they are supported in building early literacy programmes into their broader work (which may include addressing social, health, educational and/or economic needs and challenges).   After training and once they begin running their own programmes, individuals, schools and organisations are offered the opportunity to join WordNetworks in order to maintain a sense of association, to receive ongoing guidance and input, to share experiences and learning, and to facilitate access to resources and opportunities.  We work with partners in this network to support monitoring and evaluation, and to document and share learning to deepen the impact of interventions.  

If you would like to apply to attend training to start one of our programmes, we would suggest you begin by reading about the programme on the programme pages on the website. Then please email us at and let us know which programme training you are interested in attending. We will send you an application form and let you know when the next training will take place. Applications open a few months before training, and application forms can be downloaded in the period leading up to the training.

Our training dates for 2018 are to be confirmed.

Stellar Training: Please contact to be placed on a waiting list, and provide your name and contact details. If you are currently a Grade R teacher, please provide the name of your school/ centre, district/ area, province.  If not a Grade R teacher, please briefly describe your interest in the programme.

Our training programmes are largely donor funded, and those who are accepted to attend training are required to commit to running the programme for at least one year – we hope much longer!

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Our programmes

We run four main programmes, in partnership with preschools, schools, libraries and community organisations:

Each of our programmes includes some or all of the following elements:

  • high-quality training
  • ongoing mentoring and support
  • user-friendly materials and resources