Taking time out of busy schedules to be a volunteer can be challenging, but the rewards far outweigh the effort of doing so. Seeing a child’s face light up when they learn something new and the pride you feel when they remember something you’ve shown they cannot be described. And there’s always the knowledge that […]
Our English Literacy Programme ended off for the year this week with a fun session. We did some individual paired and shared reading and then learners and volunteers learnt some new rhymes. The rhymes are based on traditional children’s rhymes that have been given an African twist. Watch the video to see how much we […]
Are you keen to make a difference in a child’s life? Are you available on a Tuesday and/or a Thursday? Join us for our regular reading sessions with Grade 2 learners on the English Literacy Programme! Contact Tracy Farquhar on firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteering.
Our enthusiastic volunteers have begun their FOURTH year of reading sessions with Sophakama Primary School Grade 2 learners. The English Literacy Programme began with initial assessments this week and 30 learners will be selected for the twice-weekly reading sessions, starting next week. Their programme will run for a year. It’s awesome seeing how these young […]
Keep on reading! Keep on learning! This was the celebratory message given to our third group of learners, who completed their year on the English Literacy Programme today. At an emotional Certificate Ceremony, learners were handed their certificates and a book gift from their volunteer. Parents, principal and teachers, representatives from the WCED and volunteers […]
Hugs, smiles and high fives welcomed us at Sophakama Primary School today when we started our reading sessions for 2018. These Grade 3 learners have been participating on the English Literacy Programme since July 2017 and have another 6 months to go. They spend a year working with their volunteer twice a week, practising their English […]
Our volunteers on the English Literacy Programme ended their year with a lovely afternoon of bubbles and snacks. Volunteers used the time to chat and just hang out with this awesome group of people; the longer-standing volunteers who have become friends over time and the newer volunteers who had the chance to get to know […]
A lot of our work at Sophakama is based on the goodwill of volunteers and donations. For example, without the commitment and involvement of volunteers on our English Literacy Programme, we would be unable to sustain the twice-weekly English sessions we have with the learners. And what an absolute inspiration our group of volunteers on […]
Our Books and Beyond literacy programme volunteers jumped at the opportunity to learn Xhosa. Inspired by their twice-weekly visits to Sophakama Primary School; where they teach English literacy to Grade 2’s and 3’s. They decided that it was important to understand Xhosa. Enabling them to acquire some basic vocabulary that could facilitate the reading sessions with their learners. […]
The Volunteers from books and Beyond literacy programme turned their final third term reading session into a fun session. Their own kids of varying ages joined the grade 2 learners for the session as well. All had lots of fun and enjoyment whilst reading stories and playing games.