Many parents find the debates about mother-tongue instruction very confusing. All they want to know is “what is best for my child”? Is it better to introduce English sooner or later? Will my child get mixed up if she learns more than one language at the same time? Is it best to send her to […]
The degree to which children acquire language skills is a strong predictor of future academic success, educational attainment, employment and income. In fact, reading is a powerful tool to tackle poverty and inequality: when children read for pleasure, it has a greater effect on their educational achievement than their family’s socio-economic status. There is thus […]
Tags: Creative Learners, Early literacy Development, Wordworks
Posted on 30 September 2016 under Hands-on Learning Briefs, Learning Briefs: Creative Learners, Opportunity 6: Implementation Experience, What we've learned.
Imagine: A parent is trying to decide whether to send her child to the preschool at the end of her street, or the one in a nearby neighbourhood. She’s heard the faraway preschool is better, but it also has higher fees, and she’s not quite sure what “better” means. An NGO is planning a […]
Tags: Early literacy Development, Education, India
Posted on 23 November 2015 under Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 6: Implementation Experience.
India and South Africa could learn a lot from each other, particularly when it comes to education. Both have made great strides with primary school enrolment over the last few decades, but still struggle with the quality of learning outcomes – with a significant proportion of children in upper primary school who essentially cannot read. […]
On World Literacy Day last week (8 September 2015), DGMT CEO, David Harrison was interviewed by Tim Modise from Power FM, John Maytham on Cape Talk and SA FM’s The Talk Show. He talked about DGMT, our work and that of our implementing partners, but most importantly he explained why early childhood development and helping children to […]
Tags: David Harrison, Early literacy Development, ECD, Reading for enjoyment
Posted on 14 September 2015 under Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Resourceful Young Children.
We would like to commemorate World Literacy Day today by introducing our “Create Change” resources and publications. Through these documents we aim to equip individuals, communities and organisations with information and tools that will enable them to bring about the next big changes in South Africa. Developed collaboratively with our implementing partners, the first issue […]
Tags: Create Change, Early literacy Development, Reading for enjoyment
Posted on 8 September 2015 under Civil Society, Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 6: Resources and Toolboxes.
The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) was recently honoured with the prestigious international children’s literacy accolade, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). The ALMA is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature and reading promotion. This award acknowledges PRAESA for its work in promoting children’s literacy […]
Why parents and teachers should rev up the read-aloud engine with their children and pupils First published in the Mail & Guardian, February 27 2015 In South Africa, most of the adults who spend time with children in their various capacities, including parents, teachers, caregivers, adopters and custodians, do not regularly read aloud to them. And even […]
Tags: Early literacy Development, Nal'ibali, Reading for enjoyment
Posted on 5 March 2015 under From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis.
This article by DGMT CEO, David Harrison, was first published in the City Press on the 19th of October 2014. What you do when you’ve stared at the same problem for years and still can’t figure out how to solve it? You frame it differently. See it through someone else’s eyes. So the next time […]
In this second policy briefing (download the first one here) Wordworks looks at the skills and understanding that young children need in terms of language and literacy. The brief starts from the stance that: “From birth, every child should have access to high quality learning opportunities for language, literacy and mathematics. These should be available in […]