Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children

by K2011127140 trading as PSI Projects
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children
Choirs to Improve English Literacy of SA Children

Summary

The LEGACY Projects have demonstrated that initiating a choir in schools of impoverished areas can effect significant improvements in English literacy and cross-disciplinary learning. This project focuses on leadership development of principals & empowers music teachers to become skilled conductors of well-disciplined choirs. The Siyacula ("We Sing") Music Festivals celebrate progress annually in joint concerts with project partners. Participation in ABRSM Choral exams is strongly encouraged.

$50,000
total goal
$20,487
remaining
70
donors
2
monthly donors
2
fundraisers
4
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Challenge

A dire shortage of skilled teachers in primary schools of rural areas of South Africa is worsened by the lack of libraries. The National Curriculum has also excluded Music and Art in this phase of education. These negative factors combine to deliver many a learner to high school with English literacy skills of an 8-9 year old. All academic learning then suffers, because of the inability to read at appropriate rate and comprehension. A path out of poverty through education soon slips away....

Solution

This project has selected 30+ rural schools to demonstrate that participating in a choir can improve discipline, encourage teamwork & enhance literacy of primary school learners. M&E includes school reports, comparative analysis with non-choir participants & other research outputs. With local partners Champagne Valley Trust, Epworth, Wembley College & Michaelhouse Community Partnership, quarterly workshops provide Principal Leadership Development & Choral Teacher training in these schools.

Long-Term Impact

The project will continue to motivate for official inclusion of Music codes in the National Curriculum (to the Department of Education), supplying measurable improvements in educational outcomes and increased graduation rates in 30+ rural villages. Leadership development of Principals provides whole school and community improvements. An academic climate of excellence can be achieved through the offering of scholarships to diligent and talented learners identified early in this program.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Organization Information

K2011127140 trading as PSI Projects

Location: Paarl, Western Cape - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Bridget Johnsen
Paarl, Western Cape South Africa
$29,513 raised of $50,000 goal
 
283 donations
$20,487 to go
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