MELLON EDUCATE LITERACY PROGRAMME

Addressing the Literacy Crisis

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Literacy is Our Core Educational Focus

The Mellon Educate literacy programme is designed to address the low rate of literacy in South African primary school aged children.

According to the 2016 PIRLS study, 78% of South African Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning in any language i.e. cannot locate and retrieve explicitly stated information in a simple and easy text.


COVID 19 PANDEMIC WIPED OUT 1.3 YEARS OF LEARNING, EQUIVALENT TO 6.5 YEARS OF LEARNING PROGRESS.

Our Community Centred Approach

The Mellon Literacy programme offers support to children struggling with the basics of literacy and language in the foundation phase of their education. One-on-one tutoring takes place in the rich environment of the Literacy Hub, built and resourced by Mellon Educate, as well as in community based libraries. The programme has been proven through a two-year pilot across three primary schools and is now being expanded into multiple schools.

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Basline Assessments
Participants are identified through baseline assessments by the school.

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Participants
Participants are provided with weekly one-to-one tutoring designed to accelerate the child’s early reading skills in both their home language and English.

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Tutors
Tutors are recruited from the surrounding community and are trained to deliver the literacy programme.

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Teachers
Teachers and ECD practitioners are offered workshops to increase their understanding of the literacy programme and to broaden their own literacy teaching skills.

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Caregivers
Workshops are held for parents each term so that they can assist their child with homework.

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Learner Progress
The efficacy of the literacy intervention is assessed by measuring the average improvement of the group versus a control group.

Impact By Literacy Hub

The Mellon Educate Literacy Programme benefits over 834 people per school.

Reaching 500,000 Children Across South Africa

Our intention is to scale up and replicate our model for additional disadvantaged schools and communities across the country.

“Literacy is essential in equipping children to succeed in education, in work and in life – and it is possibly the single most important factor in overcoming poverty, unemployment and inequality.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa, SONA February 2019

Addressing Youth Unemployment

Out Literacy Tutors are recruited from the young school leavers within the local communities of the schools

Read more about the work of Mellon Educate.