The LifeMatters Foundation Education Program

To serve schools in and around the Retreat, Steenberg, Westlake and Constantiaberg area, through remedial support in the fields of foundation phase literacy and numeracy as well as counselling, occupational therapy and life-skills interventions.
2000South Africa

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Student supportLifeMatters FoundationPrimary

Location Data

Western CapeCape TownUrban

The holistic program contains five key components. These components enable the program to offer student support.

The first two components focus on the area of Literacy and Numeracy. LifeMatters Foundation (LMF) collaborates with the Shine Centre, an NGO that also promotes literacy programs in schools. The students’ literacy levels are assessed and those in need of individual attention are given an hour to two hours a week of literacy support through paired reading, the playing of word games and practicing writing with a trained volunteer at their own pace to overcome areas of difficulty. In order to support students in developing their numeracy levels; a trained volunteer sits with two Grade 2 learners, twice a week, and works through Mathematics problems and concepts relevant to their current level of learning. An occupational therapist has designed a numeracy curriculum tailored to the various competency levels of the students.

The third component is that of Counseling as the need for a regular visit of a counselor to a school was expressed by the schools participating in the numeracy and literacy program. LMF currently has 5 qualified counselors based in 5 schools, working with students referred by the teachers and principals, struggling in areas around: poor peer relationships; anger management issues, abuse and trauma. The counselors also work to identify cases and refer cases where young students are at risk or in need of care. 

A further component is the offering of Life Skills Programs  offered to various schools on an ad-hoc basis. These include:

• Teenage Awareness Weeks are run in various schools. Students are given information on a variety of relevant topics (such as self-esteem, drugs and relationships). These workshops are facilitated through singing, dance and drama, group discussion and guest speakers.

• Outreach opportunities: Grade 7s from one better performing school are partnered with an underperforming school to support Grade 1s for a reading activity.

• Grade 7 Camp: The high school drop-out rate is addressed on these camps through teaching Grade 7s that they have value and purpose and encouraging them to stay in school.

• Mentoring: Professionals volunteer to spend time with a group of children acting as a role model and inspiring them to make better life choices. 

The fifth component draws on the offering of Occupational Therapy: group occupational therapy is on offer to the schools, incorporating movement and visual tasks for the purposes of brain development, with the ultimate aim of improving literacy and numeracy levels.

Mobilizing volunteers from the community who help with numeracy & literacy or mentor those who are without functional families and positive role models, brings communities together, across socio-economic divides, who are often unaware of one another

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