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Activities of the Family Literacy Project

Family literacy groups in South Africa

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Family-Literacy-GroupsThe family literacy groups meet twice a week to discuss a range of issues as well as to provide opportunities for the group members to use their literacy skills.
Community Notice Boards provide an opportunity for group members to display their literacy skills as well as share information gained from the topics covered in the sessions. One [ ... ]  

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Community libraries in South Africa

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Community_libraries_in_South_AfricaBiblionef, a network of international aid organisations, provided the family literacy project with a library. The bright blue container library in Stepmore was opened in November 2003. Library furniture was provided by the provincial library services and books by Biblionef, Exclusive Books and other donors. Group members catalogued the books and set [ ... ]  

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Home visiting for early literacy

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The group members` desire to spread the message of early literacy gave rise to the home visiting scheme. The women take books with them to read to children and they talk to mothers about their role in their children`s development. To support the women, Felicity Champkins runs workshops once a term in each site on activities that can be done at home. They are focused on story telling, reading books and other games and activities to support the development of early literacy skills. 

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Child-to-child groups in South Africa

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Over 200 primary school children meet once a week to read, draw and discuss different topics. These topics often mirror those of the family literacy groups, so links between family members are nurtured. The groups are multi-age with Grades 3 and 4 children helping Grades R, 1 and 2 children. International research confirms that such a programme builds self-confidence in both the reader and the listeners. 

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