Literacy for All

The Literacy for All programme aims to put accessible and attractive, mother-tongue medium books into children’s hands, and provides teachers with training and support in their use. We believe that this will play a major role in turning around South Africa’s poor literacy and numeracy levels.

Developed by teachers and linguists to promote mother-tongue learning, the Literacy for All programme provides preparatory training and on-going support to teachers.

The Literacy for All Programme is a systematic, practical approach to the teaching of reading, using the Kagiso Reading Series.

The basic Literacy for All Programme consists of:

Teacher Training entitled “How to teach reading”
This is done on site through two initial 2.5 hour sessions after school and two shorter follow up sessions.

Provision of materials
Participants are provided with:

  • the Literacy for All Reader Series in Grade R,1, 2 and 3
  • Workbooks for Grade 1
  • Teachers Guides
  • A plan of ideas for lessons based on the readers.

Where necessary, Literacy for All works to obtain financial assistance for schools unable to meet the full costs of the Readers.

  • Monitoring of progress
  • Ongoing support of teachers

Literacy for All

The Literacy for All programme aims to put accessible and attractive, mother-tongue medium books into children’s hands, and provides teachers with training and support in their use. We believe that this will play a major role in turning around South Africa’s poor literacy and numeracy levels.

Developed by teachers and linguists to promote mother-tongue learning, the Literacy for All programme provides preparatory training and on-going support to teachers.

The Literacy for All Programme is a systematic, practical approach to the teaching of reading, using the Kagiso Reading Series.

The basic Literacy for All Programme consists of:

Teacher Training entitled “How to teach reading”
This is done on site through two initial 2.5 hour sessions after school and two shorter follow up sessions.

Provision of materials
Participants are provided with:

  • the Literacy for All Reader Series in Grade R,1, 2 and 3
  • Workbooks for Grade 1
  • Teachers Guides
  • A plan of ideas for lessons based on the readers.

Where necessary, Literacy for All works to obtain financial assistance for schools unable to meet the full costs of the Readers.

  • Monitoring of progress
  • Ongoing support of teachers

About

The Books

The *Literacy for All* Programme uses The Kagiso Reading Series, published by Pearson (originally Maskew Miller Longman), and consists of 28 full-colour books:
– Fourteen books for [Grade 1](http://www.literacyforall.co.za/the-books/-grade-1/)
– Eight books for [Grade 2](http://literacyforall.withtank.com/the-books/-grade-2/)
– Six books for [Grade 3](http://literacyforall.withtank.com/the-books/-grade-3/).

It is an unusual series, well-suited to South African schools, for the following reasons:

* Originally it was the first Reading Series of its kind conceived in an African language. Each book was planned and written simultaneously in Xhosa, English and Afrikaans with the authors and illustrator working together. Back in 2003 the team received the SA Translator’s Institute Award in the ‘Service Category’ for this work.

* The Kagiso Reading Series is available in all eleven official South African languages: English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Siswati, Sesotho, Xitsinga, Tshevenda, IsiZulu, Setswana, Sepedi and IsiNdebele

* The books make learning to read and write a fun-filled adventure. The imaginative stories and beautiful illustrations capture and reflect the interests and experiences of ‘the universal child’. Each story is based on sound values and positive attitudes.

* The series provides an incremental and unified approach to teaching literacy for the first three years of school. It is fully compliant with the National Curriculum Statement, and provides a foundation for all the learning areas.

* There are accompanying Teacher’s Guides for each grade, and a Learner’s Workbook is available for Grade 1.

* The first seven books can be used for Grade R. The whole series can be used for remedial or catch-up work in all Grades. It can also be used for teaching additional languages.

Contact

Get in touch with *Literacy for All* by phone, email or snail mail.

PO Box 4880 George East 6529 South Africa

Email: info(at)literacyforall.co.za

Tel: 0824127972