Jan 9, 2021

2020 Analysis Report Community LT Programme

2020 Analysis Report

Community Literacy Tutor Program

Sobambisana Primary School


This report covers the period 1 January to 30 November 2020 but focusses specifically on the quantitative outcomes of the internal evaluation of the progress of the 2020 Literacy Tutor cohort and the change in learner scores on the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), a standardised literacy assessment tool for South African learners.


Help2read Impact since Inception

Help2read is an educational English literacy development program that has been in operation since 2006, cumulatively reaching over 24 000 primary school learners in 400 schools with the assistance of thousands of volunteer reading helpers and township youth developed and trained as Literacy Tutors.  The focus is on supporting primary school learners who are not first language English speakers and who come from disadvantaged communities. Help2read supports children learning to read in Grades 2 through 4 so that they can read to learn thereafter. In 2020 the help2read English literacy intervention program was implemented at 32 public primary schools, providing 1 006 learners who have fallen behind with attention from a Volunteer Reading Helper or Literacy Tutor (LT).

Help2read’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Help2read, like any organisation that works in the school space was presented with a great deal of challenges in 2020. School closures in line with the national lockdowns issued by the South African government led to Help2read pivoting our offerings to the schools we work in. There were two major adjustments to the Help2read programme in 2020:

  1. We were only able to conduct a limited number of one-on-one reading sessions. Consistent one-on-one reading is core to the support Help2read offers, findings from 2019 will be compared to the 2020 findings to examine the impact of one-on-one reading support as opposed to group reading support. The 2020 findings are based on a mix of limited one-on-one reading support and group reading support.
  2. The continuous nature of the Help2read intervention was disrupted when schools were closed and access to learners was limited. Reading support was now offered in a physically distanced classroom reading sessions and other group reading sessions such as Reading Clubs and Holiday Clubs.

Impact of the help2read Training and Support: Literacy Tutors

The Western Cape Literacy Tutors (LTs) completed the same two-part questionnaire.


Part 1 of the questionnaire focussed on the following Personal Capabilities:


  • Awareness of own strengths and weaknesses
  • Receptiveness to learning
  • Drive
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • How informed they felt about the job market and career opportunities


Part 2 of the questionnaire was directed at the following Employability Skills:


  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Organisational skills
  • Numeracy


Sep 11, 2020

The Literacy Tutor Programme 3rd term review 2020

Mandela Day Wemmershoek 2020
Mandela Day Wemmershoek 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdowns have had a considerable impact on the way we work at Help2read resulting in adaptions to the Help2read LT programme that will still have similar outcomes. 

Positive developments 

Dennegeur Primary’s Literacy Programme will start on 1 September 2020.

The month of August held in some new and exciting challenges and adventures. One particular highlight of this month is that from the 1 September the LTs will be going to school, assisting the teachers, helping to implement and ensure learners apply social distancing and reading to the learners. We are hoping that we can start our one-on-one reading sessions with the learners soon.

The LTs are very excited and not sure what to expect, but they are so passionate about making a difference in their community. They can’t wait to read to the learners and share stories. Talking about things that affect them in the community and how the learners must still strive to achieve, to dream and believe in themselves.

“Our team met for the first time since lockdown was implemented on Thursday, August 20th. The venue was amazing and it was good to be on the beachfront. Even though it was just six of us, it was good to get back to basics and get updates on how we are going to proceed as a team in the near future. Moving forward is going to be a challenge, but with The Programme Coordinator, Anrika’s assistance, I’m certain we will land on our feet again at Dennegeur Primary. We just need to focus, work together and practice good social skills and be safe at all times.” - Anthea Sutchant - Senior LT at Denneguer Primary School.

Sobambisana Primary School

This month have been challenging and productive back to back meetings with principal at same time, all of the grades opened and we had a lot of work assigned to us but as a team we have managed to cover all of the work. 

Wemmershoek Primary School

Opening of schools:

The grades R,1,2,3, and 7 are back in school and our tutors assist the school by helping with the screening process in the morning. We are also available if the teachers are preoccupied with other tasks, to help with marking books, photocopying, etc. We also monitor that all safety protocols are followed during bathroom breaks as well as during recess. The principal and teachers are appreciative of our assistance and willingness to help.


The literacy tutors are enjoying the assignments and are always excited about the upcoming assignments. It also helps tutors’ bond and maintains a healthy relationship with one another.

Literacy Tutor Assignment Framework

These assignments were given to our Literacy Tutors during the COVID-19, Pandemic.

The assignments kept our LT teams busy during NATIONAL LOCKDOWN. It allowed them to reflect and to develop themselves virtually.

Assignment Number



Work Readiness

  • This assignment was based on what the LTs had learned in and during the 1st term. They have received training and they had to put everything they were taught into work.
  • This allowed them to reflect on their progress.



Reflection, Goal-Setting, and Action Planning.


  • This assignment was based on the LTs plans, giving them time to reflect and refine their future plans.
  • They were asked to set goals they wanted to achieve while being with Help2Read.




Self-awareness and self-management

  • This assignment was on the awareness of their surroundings and their resilience during the pandemic.
  • What they noticed about the changes we were experiencing, what changes their families were experiencing.
  • How they felt about the changes taking place within their communities.
  • The transition of working within a school to now working remotely.




Personal Values

  • This assignment was aimed at the personal beliefs of the LTs.
  • How they were raised/ taught/ and their takes on the different scenarios given.
  • Their responses were recorded.
  • Many of them were brave enough to speak out about the topics covered in the assignment.



Critical thinking

  • This assignment was aimed at the critical thinking of the LTs and how they would handle difficult scenarios within the schools they were placed at.





Creativity and Learning

  • This assignment was all about creative expression.
  • LTs had to create something creative, that will help them identify with what they were experiencing during the pandemic.
  • They were allowed to create a TIK-Tok, video, song, poem, etc.
  • Anything to help them express themselves creatively.


Social Innovation Challenge – Preparation Task 1


Individual LT tasks became Team tasks from assignment 7.


  • Teams were tasked to work out a plan on what with make their team successful and what will make them fail.
  • They had to set boundaries in place for the assignments to follow.
  • Teams had to work on their ethos of engagement. As all of them were working remotely, their scheduling and time management were vital.


Social Innovation Challenge – Preparation Task 2


  • Teams had to unpack different terms given to them, this allowed them to research to make sense of what the terms provided for them in the assignment meant to them working in a group setting.
  • Teams had to refine what they wanted to achieve from the Social Innovation Challenge.


Social Innovation Challenge – Pre-Task 3

Conflict Management and Critical Thinking

  • Teams were given a problem statement, they had to come together to brainstorm the different outcomes of the impact that team conflict can have on the team
  • They had to discuss how they wanted to be treated and what their expectations are when they should have issues arise in their teams.


Social Innovation Challenge – Launch Week

  • Teams were tasked to read an article written by the Daily Maverick, where they asked to identify 5 key thoughts on children returning to school after lockdown.
  • Teams Reflection after every part of the assignment is vital.


Design Thinking

  • Teams were asked to present their understanding of what Social Innovation & Design Thinking meant to them.
  • They had to create a resource explaining to their peers / LTs at other schools what those terms meant to them and how they have applied their knowledge of the terms.


Design Thinking Principles

  • Teams were tasked to create a stakeholder map, identifying the different stakeholders they thought were affected by the challenge statement provided.


Themes -Trends-Patterns of Design Thinking


  • Teams have to conduct interviews with all the stakeholders they identified in the previous assignment.
  • They need to use the responses they gather from the interviews to identify any themes, trends, or patterns.




  • Teams receive a list of different ways to refine the idea they created.
  • Teams are tasked to create a vision statement, telling us why they think it is important for them to see the assignment through to the very end.



  • Teams need to create a prototype that they will use to test with their stakeholder group.
  • During this process, they need to create a video and write a 2 pager on why they think they are the best team


Creative Writing (Fiction & Entertainment)

  • Based on their book reviews, that they are doing.
  • LTs need to identify the different styles in which the books are written.


Reflective Writing

  • Reflecting on the journey as a Lt.
  • LTs need to tell us about how they have experienced the year, how they found the assignments and what we can change going forward.
LT Programme Alexandra, Johannesburg 2020
LT Programme Alexandra, Johannesburg 2020
Temp Checks at schools in the Western Cape
Temp Checks at schools in the Western Cape
Literacy Sessions Alexandra, Johannesburg 2020
Literacy Sessions Alexandra, Johannesburg 2020


May 18, 2020

Help2read Literacy tutor Programme 2020, Term 1

COVID-19 Food Relief
COVID-19 Food Relief

In the first term 2020 the help2read Literacy Tutor programme was implemented at:

  • Wemmershoek Primary School, Wemmershoek, Western Cape
  • Sobambisana Primary School, Khayelitsha, Western Cape
  • Dennegeur Avenue Primary School, Strandfotein, Western Cape
  • Diepsloot 4 Primary School, Diepsloot, Gauteng
  • F C Carter Primary School, Alexandra, Gauteng
  • Ekukhanyisweni Primary School, Alexandra, Gauteng

Our programme coordinators for 2020 are: 

Melody Volmink and Busi Ntimbani

Thus far for 2020 the LT programme has recruited, trained and deployed 70 Tutors at the schools listed above. Each Tutor reads with approximately 15 learners in one-on-one sessions twice a week every week of the school year. In addition to this, the LTs hold reading clubs for all the children in the school to participate in. 

Response to the COVID-19 outbreak

With school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the LTs have not been able to participate in one-on-one reading sessions as these are held at schools. Instead, LTs have been recording virtual reading sessions, participating in food relief measures and distributing educational material. 

Food Relief in response to COVID-19
Food Relief in response to COVID-19
The LT Programme
The LT Programme
The LT programme
The LT programme
The LT programme
The LT programme
Food Relief
Food Relief
Parent Literacy Work Shop
Parent Literacy Work Shop
LT core help2read training
LT core help2read training
Reading Club
Reading Club
Parent Literacy Workshop
Parent Literacy Workshop
World Story Telling Day highlights
World Story Telling Day highlights
LT Core Training
LT Core Training


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