Based on an established UK child literacy charity, the help2read program has been adapted to meet the needs of South African society. The help2read program seeks to improve child literacy among primary school students in South Africa by offering one-on-one tutoring by trained help2read volunteers, who are fluent in English and who are able to work for 2 hours per week. These volunteers are paired with children in public primary schools, who are struggling with reading. Help2read book boxes, which contain ability-appropriate reading material, workbooks, dictionaries and stationery, provide all the resources for the volunteer to follow the help2read methodology, which emphasizes working at the speed of the child.
The help2read program also seeks to address the lack of skills development and unemployment issues within the adult South African population. Literate, unemployed adults are given extended skills development training as Literacy Tutors.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportPolicy & AnalysisSchool supportEnglish languageVocational/technical skills
Model details2005Not-for-profitLiteracyEnglish languageVocational/technical skillsActiveLong-term projectFree service or productEqual EducationMichelle Mclean Trust82656%44%
BeneficiariesOrphans and vulnerable childrenOtherChildren from disadvantaged backgrounds
Literate, unemployed adults, who are fluent in English, work with children who are struggling to read. These children are tutored twice weekly on a one-to-one basis, free of charge. All students come from public primary schools.
Using a largely volunteer workforce, the help2read program currently operates in disadvantaged communities throughout the Western Cape and in parts of Gauteng. Recently, help2read partnered with the Michelle Mclean Trust to develop literacy tutoring in Namibia.
Dependent on future funding, help2read plans to expand the program to all schools in disadvantaged communities in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas throughout South Africa and in neighboring countries.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
The help2read National Head of Monitoring and Evaluation has designed the following plan for monitoring students' progress:
- An environmental scan of the school and community is conducted prior to establishing a help2read program. The needs of the community are assessed and relationships with key stakeholders within the community are established.
- A sample group of children receive pre- and post-intervention tests in reading and comprehension in order to identify specific reading difficulties as well as to measure the overall efficacy of the help2read intervention.
- Regular support-worker visits to schools ensure the smooth and efficient running of reading sessions.
- Teachers and Reading Helpers complete quarterly feedback and evaluation forms.
- Reports and progress evaluations of teachers, support workers, and Literacy Tutors are conducted.
- Detailed program reports are submitted to the help2read management team on a monthly basis and as required by donors.
- Student and volunteer details are recorded in a comprehensive database.
- An Annual M&E Report will be published at the end of 2013.