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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.  Please note that as our training programmes are largely donor funded, those who are accepted to attend training are required to commit to running the programme for at least one year – we hope much longer!

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 language and 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 let you know when the next training will take place and send you an application form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Special note for those interested in Stellar Grade R Training:

If you are currently a Grade R teacher/practitioner, please provide the name of your school/ centre, district/ area, province.

  • If you are in the Western Cape, we can refer you to one of our NGO training partners or to the relevant WCED District as they will be offering emergent literacy training in the province.
  • If you are in the Eastern Cape, we can refer you to one of our NGO training partners.

If you are not a Grade R teacher/practitioner, please briefly describe your interest in the programme.