The literacy project was founded by Mr. Andrew Summers in early 2014. The primary mission for the project is to further develop the culture of reading and writing amongst children, through reading and writing activities.
The project seeks to fulfill this mission by implementing clubs for learners outside school tuition, where learners will start to associate reading and writing with fun activities. Based on the preliminary report we have founded that children are not exposed and coached properly on writing and reading, usually for them this is a lonely and difficult journey which results to little enthusiasm and ultimately loss of interest.
The literacy project has since established several clubs that are for high school learners as well as primary learners which feed to the high school.
The clubs are:
- Creative/Academic Writing ClubThese are once a week writing clubs for grade 10/11 learners to teach them to write for real reasons, for creative purposes and for academic purposes. The clubs focused mainly on the following:
- Focus on autobiography and poetry writing in TERM 1
- Focus on Story writing in TERM 2
- Focus on writing of ARGUMENTS and DISCUSSIONS in TERM 3
- Focus on writing NEWSPAPER ARTICLES/REPORT WRITING in TERM 4
- Reading Clubs/Book Clubs:The rationale for starting up reading and writing clubs is that there a general lack of reading culture in South Africa. Where reading is done, mostly in schools, it is usually boring and done for academic reasons. We believe that reading should be fun and that learners should be inspired to read by observing and interacting with reading role models around them as well as engaging with reading itself in enjoyable ways.
The Sifunda Kunye Literacy Project reading club was relaunched in 2014. When it started there were about 30 learners that attended. Now the club has over 150 learners from 5 different schools around the Keiskamahoek community, Eastern Cape. In 2014 when the club relaunched we incorporated the idea of using St Matthews’s high school learners to volunteer facilitation services in the club. This initiative has grown with many learners competing to get into facilitation. The student volunteers facilitate for a year and at the end of each year we select a facilitator of the year. The reading club is founded on the principle that children already have meaningful input to bring to the space, therefore we work with their language, literacy and cultural resources.