Early literacy


Opportunity 6

Imagine a 25% boost to our per capita GDP – at a time when we can barely manage 1% per annum. This is the kind of economic growth we could start to expect if all South Africans were sufficiently literate to participate in the formal economy.[1]M. Gustafsson, S. Van der Berg, D. Shepherd and C. […]

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Posted on 3 May 2017

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“Your child is also my child” – becoming part of an “army of adults” reading to children

First published by the Sowetan on 2 June 2016. We often hear about South Africa’s dismal education outcomes and low literacy rates. We have also been hearing that early literacy, reading for joy, and growing up around books can change the life trajectories of individuals and dramatically improve our society.   Yet we hear much less […]

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Posted on 8 Jun 2016

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The “ordinary magic” that can change a child’s future

This article was first published in the Star on 9 May 2016 Since 27 April 2015, ‘Mandela’s children’ have been turning twenty-one. They are the first of the ‘born-free generation’ to become adults. Are they better off than young adults were in the early nineties? It’s a difficult question to ask at the best of […]

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Posted on 11 May 2016

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