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SPECIAL PROJECTS

SPECIAL PROJECTS

READ continually assesses what constitutes being literate in a fast-changing world, and is aware that simply producing more of the same knowledge and skills will not be enough to address the challenges of the future. A generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last their students a lifetime.

Today, because of rapid economic and social change, schools have to prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don’t yet know will arise. Educational success is no longer about reproducing content knowledge, but about what we know and how we apply that knowledge to various situations.

What South Africa desperately needs are school graduates with higher order literacy skills capable of engagement across the world as global citizens. Activities such as the Reading Starz Book Club, the RED Reading Box and Readathon as a whole, are creating an environment in which children can grow and flourish to meet the challenges of the future.

READing Starz Book Club Forum

As part of the total Readathon campaign, The READing Starz Book Club Forum was launched in 2013 as a community development, literacy and advocacy project. Book clubs from schools in Johannesburg come together on the first Saturday of every month to share information and resources, collect books, and to listen to talks given by visiting experts. Each READing Starz Forum has a theme, which sets the scene for learners’ activities each month.

Highlights

Protea South School, one of the first Reading Starz Book Club participants, received assistance from the FNB Smart volunteers to start a library at the school. Together with READ and the Department of Education, appropriate books were sourced and the school now has a fully-operational library. The school also hosted their own monthly reading forum at the school.

Annual Workshops

Readathon Ambassadors Hlubi Mboya, Grethe Fox, Ntsiki Mazwai and Thato Tholo presented the first annual READing Starz workshops in 2013, on Drama and Script Writing, Poetry, TV Presenting and Public Speaking. Only 25 learners were allowed per workshop and competition for places was fierce. A workshop for all book club co-ordinators on how to run a successful book club was hosted by Katherine Alexander from READ.

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CHOOSE BIC AND CHANGE A FUTURE CAMPAIGN

NAME OF DONORPROJECT NAMEPROVINCESCHOOLS
BICChoose BIC & Change a Future CampaignNational1369

The BIC Campaign, which began in 2011, has grown every year and in 2013, 1,2 million pens were distributed by the READ Educational Trust to 1 369 schools across the country. Mrs M J Sambo, the Principal of Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School, one of the recipients of the BIC donation, has said that no one should ever underestimate the value of a simple ball point pen.

The majority of funds available to ‘non-fee-paying schools’ that serve these communities were allocated to ever-increasing operating costs. This left a very small amount for essential items such as stationery. READ was chosen as the organisation to distribute these pens, which were very gratefully received by learners all over South Africa.

BIC pens formed part of the RED Reading Box contents, and were also distributed to the READing Starz Book Club Forum participants. Pens were also donated to orphanages, places of safety, and homework centres. The Choose BIC and Change a Future Campaign makes a real difference to learners who have few resources.

THE BRAND AND TILLIE PRETORIUS BURSARY SCHEME

This bursary scheme provides tuition and school resource funding for deserving and needy children in Rally to READ schools. Deserving children receive funding for their secondary education and are identified by the Rally to READ trainers, in concert with the principals of the schools. Bursaries are renewed if children perform adequately in their schooling.

THE BRAND AND TILLIE PRETORIUS BURSARY SCHEME

This bursary scheme provides tuition and school resource funding for deserving and needy children in Rally to READ schools. Deserving children receive funding for their secondary education and are identified by the Rally to READ trainers, in concert with the principals of the Rally schools. The Bursaries are renewed if children perform adequately in their schooling.

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