During the lockdown, our Youth 4 Literacy Grade 2 and 3 children have not been back to school. In South Africa, a large portion of school children cannot just move to online learning at home and a majority still have minimal literacy resources at home. More than ever children need to have their own home library of books, magazines, and writing resources. Shine Literacy's mission for 2020 right through to 2021 is to ensure that each child in our schools has reading and educational resources.
In South Africa, 78% of Grade Four children cannot read for meaning compared to 4% internationally. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest disruption of education in history, having already had a near-universal impact on learners and teachers around the world. During lockdown it became painfully clear that children do not have resources at home, those most vulnerable or even worse off now. Going online was not an option due to limited access to data and technological devices.
If we deliver programmes that support literacy learning at home and school, we will help to increase children's access to quality literacy learning opportunities and resources, and to equip parents and communities to play an active role in promoting early literacy. This will result in more children reading and writing at an age-appropriate level and ultimately in improved educational outcomes.
Your donation will ensure that in unstable Covid-19 times we deliver well-resourced reading support at homes and at schools provides caregivers and children with invaluable tools to help reduce the literacy gap between high and low achieving learners.
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