Shine Literacy is an award-winning leader in Foundation Phase literacy innovation in South Africa. Since its inception in 2000, Shine Literacy has taken an entrepreneurial approach to tackling the country’s stubborn and unacceptably low literacy rates.
Focusing on developing the reading, writing and speaking skills of Grade Two and Three children from low-income communities, Shine Literacy aims to support children to engage effectively with learning by the time they finish the Foundation Phase of schooling.
Our flagship intervention is the Shine Literacy Hour, which is endorsed by the Western Cape Education Department, welcomed by school leaders and supports the national curriculum.
This is delivered in three ways: through a cohort of hundreds of trained volunteers working with individual children at Shine Centres in Cape Town primary schools; scaled up across four provinces through our innovative social franchise model, Shine Chapters; and, since 2015, via youth programmes, in collaboration with government and key non-profit partners.
Recognising the crucial role in early learning of parents and caregivers, Shine Literacy also offers Family Literacy Workshops and, as a dynamic organisation, always seeking new ways to deepen our impact in schools, we have just initiated ‘Creating a Culture of Reading’ workshops for schools in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
Currently 1256 volunteers deliver Shine Literacy programmes to 5760 children in 53 schools across four provinces. Our Family Literacy Workshops reached 1 632 parents and caregivers across three provinces in 2017.
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