Literacy levels improved in schools through Shine Centres

Following the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) report showing that nearly 8 out of 10 of Grade 4 students in South Africa could not read for meaning, CapeTalk speaks to Maurita Weissenberg, founder and executive director of Shine Literacy.

In 2016, 70% of children attending Shine’s centres were at risk in terms of their literacy and 6 months later that number has dropped to 17%.

Our children are able to strive given the right support...

Maurita Weissenberg, founder and executive director of Shine Literacy

Some of the work we are doing in the Western Cape is to work with 20 of the poor performing schools where they are learning in their home language and are struggling.

Maurita Weissenberg, founder and executive director of Shine Literacy

We put a trained Shine leading partner in classrooms all day. Half of the teachers saw this as benefit to their children but a lot of teachers saw it as getting in the way of work that needs to be done.

Maurita Weissenberg, founder and executive director of Shine Literacy

To hear more of how Shine has improved literacy in schools, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Literacy levels improved in schools through Shine Centres


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