Care Packs Campaign
Please support our campaign to give a Care Packs to 20,000 children in Mitchells Plain and Soweto. For only R100 a child.
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...
- Support our Given Gain campaign by sponsoring books for children. Click here for more.
- Sponsor Care Packs for children in MP and Soweto. Click here for more.
- Get a tax deduction by donating to us. Click here for more.
- Make us a beneficiary of MySchool. Click here for more.
- Buy the entire Oaky books series of books. Click here for more.
- Buy our new A3 Oaky series of books. Click here for more.
- Buy our new Oaky backpacks and pencil cases here.
- Visit the new Oaky website for books and podcasts. Click here for more.
- Visit 'It all starts with reading' for Oaky print out activities and other educational resources. Click here for more.
- Read Oaky and the Virus here.
- Buy Oaky the Brave Acorn here.
- Help recycle and make education and literacy kits for primary schools in MP. Click here for more.
- Help us get a 5% referral fee by booking MyPhotoCorner. Click here for more.
- Cape Flats Book Festival 2020 cancelled.
- Wish list for Cape Town 2020. Click here for more.
- Wish list for Soweto 2020. Click here for more.
- Support Shenaaz McKenzie's GivenGain campaign for READ to RISE. Click here for more.
- Support Lethabo Ramango's GivenGain campaign for READ to RISE. Click here for more.
- Taryn Lock (Co-Founder & Executive Director) reads 'Blue Skies' poem. Click here for more.
- 'You can't go anywhere, but reading takes you everywhere'. Click here for more.
- 'Happy Heritage Day!' on 24 September 2020.
- Visit to West End & Springdale Primary Schools (MP) from 21 to 23 September 2020. Click here for more.
- Visit to Seaview Primary School (MP) on 18 September 2020. Click here for more.
- 'Storytime: Zanele sees numbers' on 16 September 2020. Click here for more.
- Oaky joins Cascade Primary School (MP) to do the #JerusalemChallenge. Click here for more.
- 'Storytime: Little Ant's Big Plan' on 10 September 2020. Click here for more.
- 'Happy International Literacy Day!' on 8 September 2020. Click here for more.
- 'Storytime: Why Birds Sing at Dawn' on 4 September 2020. 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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