Opportunity 6: Implementation Experience


Developing literacy through home visiting programmes: The case of the Family in Focus (FIF) programme

The value of early childhood development (ECD) programmes for young children is now generally accepted. However the situation of ECD in South Africa is that the vast majority of poor children are not exposed to ECD programmes due to financial constraints or to an absence of programmes in communities – only half of 3-4 year […]

Posted on 5 Oct 2012

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Narrowing the literacy gap: Making a case for the importance of early language and literacy development in South Africa

This learning brief summarises some of the most important findings of ‘Narrowing the Literacy Gap’, a recently published report coauthored by Dr Shelley O’Carroll and Rebecca Hickman.  The report investigated opportunities to strengthen the literacy and language development of children between birth and six years old. In this learning brief Dr. O’Carroll explains that literacy […]

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Posted on 1 Jun 2012

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How can we accelerate reading development? Insights from India

Recently, a group from DGMT (Marianne MacRobert, Phillip Methula and David Harrison) visited literacy projects in India. They were intrigued by the claims of Pratham that children of about 5 to 6 years of age could learn to read within 6 weeks and that children lagging behind could catch up to their same-age peers. These […]

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Posted on 1 Jun 2012

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Wordworks report: Narrowing the literacy gap

Literacy and language development NGO, Wordworks, just completed an insightful report investigating opportunities to strengthen the literacy and language development of children between birth to six years old.  According to Wordworks progress has been made in terms of the implementation of literacy strategies at school level, but until language and literacy development are placed at […]

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Posted on 2 Mar 2012

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The Shine Centre: Words can Change Worlds

Relative to our investments in education, South Africa has one of the lowest literacy and numeracy rates in the world.  Most school going children today are reading very little or not at all. A future generation plunged into literacy poverty has disastrous consequences for South Africa.  The Shine Centre has developed an effective programme and […]

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Posted on 10 Feb 2012

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Wordworks community interventions for early literacy learning

Over the past eight years provincial and national assessments have shown that a high percentage of South African children do not acquire basic literacy skills in their first three years at school. To address this problem, we need to consider not only what happens in schools, but what contributes to literacy prior to formal schooling. […]

Posted on 11 Oct 2011

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