help2read

The help2read program works in public primary schools and provides volunteer-based, one-on-one tutoring to students in Grades 2-4 who are struggling with literacy. The program also recruits and trains literate and unemployed adults to become reading tutors in the English language.
2005South Africa

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Student supporthelp2read(UK)Primary

Location Data

Western Cape and GautengCape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and WindhoekPeri-Urban, UrbanNamibiaSub-Saharan Africa

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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