In September, we met in East London with our partners, Institute of Training and Education for capacity building (ITEC), Khululeka, Early Inspiration, and K2A. In a detailed feedback session we discussed their experiences of training and supporting Grade R teachers using Stellar.

The trainers shared how interest in the programme is growing, with one organisation saying that they have a waiting list of teachers who want to attend Stellar training.

Teachers say that the children love the Stellar story-based activities, and that they can see the growth in the children’s oral language and emergent literacy skills. We are delighted that all of our partners are on board to continue with the programme next year.

We were very pleased that Carien Vorster, our grant manager from USAID, was able to join our discussion after a whirlwind visit to six East London schools supported by ITEC.