34 parents from two of Mellon Educate’s community schools graduated this week with Mellon Educate SA and Wordworks. These joyous parents from Kuyasa and Ummangaliso primary schools in Khayelitsha completed the eight-week Wordworks early literacy course known as the Home-School Partnerships Programme. This was coordinated and facilitated by Mellon Educate, and supported by Wordworks mentors.
‘Much has been said about the great need to make quality local books available and affordable, especially for young children.
During literacy month in September, we are celebrating a collaborative initiative that is making it possible for many more children to have beautiful books in their own language.
Through an initiative between NGOs and publishers, 16 organisations have been able to purchase 12 402 children’s books in six languages for an average of R21 per title!
This project was initiated by Biblionef, Wordworks, Smartstart, Blue Door ECE and Nal’ibali, who selected titles, sent out a call for interest to NGOs and worked with publishers to co-ordinate bulk printing orders.’
A parents’ programme (Wordworks Home- School Partnerships), running every Wednesday for eight weeks by Wordworks, was held recently at Masi library, with the 10 parents who completed the course, graduating.
In June, Ready Steady Read Write (RSRW) tutors assisted the Rotary Club of Wynberg to select books and set up the fully stocked Library Corners that Rotary has sponsored for each foundation phase classroom at Montagu’s Gift Primary School.
Twenty-five Grade R teachers, who form part of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s Literacy Programmes, are set to benefit from an early language and literacy programme. The programme, which is fully compliant with CAPS, kicked off on Tuesday 16 May, at St Patrick’s School in Humansdorp and will continue until the end of 2017.
Kannemeyer Primary School is one of many primary schools across the Western Cape running the Wordworks Home-School Partnerships Programme: “Since we started, parents have shown tremendous interest and there has been a marked increase in the annual systemic tests for maths and literacy at our school.”Collop adds that the programme also plays a part in bringing a family closer together. “Evidence also shows that communication between child and parent improves as the parent develops more patience with their children. Parents are introduced to different games that helps counting as well as reading and the best part is that learning takes place by having fun.”