Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has reaffirmed its commitment to improving literacy in the Bay with a multimillion rand investment aimed at training teachers who are empowering pupils, particularly through literacy.
As part of its goal to promote literacy among pupils under the age of 10, VWSA has made available R2m – part of a R4m investment – towards training teachers through partnering with and investing in Funda Wande, a Grahamstown-based non-profit organisation.
Funda Wande’s primary aim is to improve the reading ability of pupils from grades 1 to 3, as the majority of SA’s pupils are not taught to read with understanding in this phase.
In particular, the Reading4Meaning programme offered by Funda Wande, in association with the department of basic education and SA universities, is designed to equip foundation phase teachers to teach and encourage reading – both in pupils’ home language and in English as an additional language.
The course consists of 11 modules, with Funda Wande providing ongoing coaching for teachers.
VWSA’s most recent contribution of R2m to the programme will be used to fund a pilot project, which includes the development of a video-based course that will be offered online in both isiXhosa and English first additional language.
Once developed, this course will be piloted in the Eastern Cape. The funds will also be used towards developing a two-year part-time advanced certificate in foundation phase literacy teaching with Rhodes University.
Funda Wande project director Nic Spaull said the support from VWSA had already proved vital. “The VWSA investment in the early stages