*Infographic based on stats from Help2Read and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2016
Education – formal primary, secondary, vocational, and higher – is impossible without first acquiring basic literacy. Illiteracy breeds exclusion in every area of society, and it comes with a hefty price tag. In 2010, it was estimated that illiteracy costs South Africa R450 billion each year.
Functional Literacy, or “Reading for Meaning” is the cornerstone of all future academic performance and a skill which must be acquired by Grade 3 if we are to improve learner performance and outcomes in school.
Introductory video to Reading 4 Meaning: The Building Blocks (VWSA Conference 2017)
A comprehensive spectrum of interventions are required for a balanced literacy programme. Interventions should address resources needed by the learners to be able to read with meaning, while also equipping teachers, parents and caregivers with skills necessary to support their children in the classroom and at home.
The Functional Literacy at Foundation Phase topic is sponsored by: