78% of South African Grade 4 students cannot read for meaning. But what does that actually mean? It means less children staying in school and completing matric. Less children gaining access to further studies. Less youth able to apply for jobs
The NEEMA Gateway into Reading program aims to ensure that every child can read, write and communicate in English by the time they reach Grade 4.
Every week, we bring Gateway into Reading sessions to 272 Grade 1-3 children at Ngqamzana, our partner primary school, to ensure our kids have the best chance of staying in school for longer.
In June, after training two Grade 1 teachers, they began implementing the program in their classrooms. This means more children are reached, and ensures sustainability.
In 2020, we aim to introduce Gateway into Reading to two new schools in our community.