Please support our campaign to visit every Grade 2 and 3 class in Mitchells Plain so we can conduct our programme and give a book to each learner. For only $3 a book.
Read to Rise is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting youth literacy in schools in South Africa's under-resourced communities. As the name indicates, we firmly believe that children need to read in order to rise in their personal development and contribution to society.
Children who love reading, excel at school and go on to become constructive members of society. It all starts with reading.
We aim to address the troubling reality that young children in our communities are not reading as much as they require for their educational development. Children in the foundational phase should be reading around 40 books per year; in our under-resourced communities children are reading only 1 to 2 books per year.
The root causes of this low reading level are:
1. Most children come from homes without books and have never owned a reading book.
2. Most children do not have access to adequately-stocked libraries at their schools or in their communities.
3. Most children are not inspired and motivated to read.
READ to RISE has designed the 3 components of our programme to directly address these root causes of poor reading levels.
1. Book Ownership
Book ownership is an important step towards children’s love of reading. Children who own books and come from homes where books are available perform much better at school. READ to RISE distributes brightly coloured, high quality books that are educational, entertaining and inspirational. Our programme introduces books into many homes for the first time giving parents the opportunity to read with their children, and giving children the chance to share the magic of reading with siblings
If we can’t take children to a library, we will take a library to the children.
To address the absence of libraries READ to RISE created the mini-library, which is a brightly coloured bookshelf containing 50 new, age-appropriate, covered reading books in a mix of languages that reflects the children’s home languages. The mini-library is placed in the classroom in schools and managed by the teacher, who is now able to ensure that learners are reading the required number of books per year and can monitor their literacy progress.
3. Class visits
A critical part of our programme is that we do not just drop books and mini-libraries off at schools, rather, along with volunteer readers, we personally visit every classroom to which we contribute. This is central to our efforts to inspire learners
to read and to create excitement about learning. We have designed a highly interactive session which engages learners in reading and comprehension. We use brightly coloured posters and props, we read to the learners and conduct a reading session with them. Lastly we use song to instill the excitement about reading. Click here to read more about our school visits.
We offer 6 class programmes, which are based on the Oaky Series which have been teacher-approved for this age group. The author of these books is Athol Williams and the books are illustrated by Taryn Lock.
Click here to read more about what we do and who our beneficiaries are.
READ to RISE - Literacy NGO South Africa
About READ to RISE...
- Make us a beneficiary of MySchool. Click here for more.
- Buy our new A3 Oaky series books. Click here for more.
- Join our MP Programme Facilitators. Click here for more.
- Order the Oaky book series for Christmas. Click here for more.
- Roscoe Williams (MP Programme Manager) invited to Childrens Book Network workshop on 2 December 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Carter Primary School (Alexandra) on 28 November 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Hillside, Portland & four other Primary Schools (MP) from 19 to 22 November 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Springdale & West End Primary Schools (MP) on 18 November 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Meadowridge, Lantana, Caradale, Eisleben Road, Seaview, Duneside, A Z Berman, Merrydale & Montagu Drive Primary Schools (MP) from 11 to 15 November 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Highlands, Ridgeville, Imperial, Littlewood, Hazeldene & Cornflower Primary Schools (MP) from 5 to 8 November 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Highlands Primary School (MP) on 5 November 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Beacon View, Alpine, Strandfontein, Mandalay & Wavecrest Primary (MP) from 28 October to 1 November 2019.Click here for more.
- Visit to Beacon View Primary School (MP) on 28 October 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Wavecrest Primary School (MP) on 25 October 2019. Click here for more.
- Featured in Seaview Primary School (MP)'s FB video on 25 October 2019. Click here for more.
- Oaky series wins Children's Literature Category in the SA Independent Publishers Awards on 24 October 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Dennegeur, Westville & Hyacinth Primary Schools (MP) from 22 to 24 October 2019. Click here for more.
- Mentioned in the Plainsman newspaper article on 23 October 2019. Click here for more.
- Visit to Dr Mary Primary School (Soweto) on 23 October 2019. Click here for more.
READ to RISE on Expresso SABC 3 on 13 July 2015
A wonderful way to keep someone's legacy alive.
Sponsor books in memory of a loved one or sponsor books for a birthday.
A gift that will live and grow as these young children will live and grow.
We will stamp the person's name in the book/s and send you a photo of the child/ren receiving the book as well as the certificate.
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