Information received from Peter Africa
“EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD” ~ NELSON MANDELA
Early in 2007, Peter and Magrieta Afrika started a feeding project that reached 35 children. Soon, the children brought their parents and the idea of Real Life Community Centre was born. Today, up to 100 children are reached through various programs.
One of these involves a reading program. You and I know what a life-changing experience it is to read and learn! Adventure stories are the easiest way to travel the world. It is thrilling to think that any township kid, with a little bit of help, can escape and embark on adventures for hours on end and dream of a life with endless possibilities! Hold on to this blessed thought, because we need your help.
Magrieta has initiated a reading program for children aged 5 – 12 after being motivated by research done with the Sunday school children. This clearly showed the children had few, if any reading skills, and so the reading project began.
Three key early literacy measures taken are:
1. Alphabetic knowledge
2. Sound of words
3. Invented spelling
Storytime is important to children and it is important to read out loud to children. Once they master the basics, the children develop background knowledge about a range of topics. Their vocabulary expands, which assists in later reading comprehension and the development of reading strategies.
We are surely aware of how the ability to read has empowered us. Therefore, we need your help with this. Please contact us if you want to assist or be involved in this project.