School Literacy Programme

Literacy programme implemented across 10 local schools to help learners improve reading and spelling.

Spell It’s goal is “Learn-Ready” a literacy programme, which has impacted 350 000 primary school children since 2010. As with many other educational programmes that De Aar Solar Power funds, this is implemented through partnerships with the National Department of Basic Education and the various provincial departments.

This programme is ideally focused on 4th Grade basic literacy, in line with international research that has shown this to be a critical transition period, when learners move from the ‘learning to read’ phase into the ‘reading to learn’ phase.

The aim is for Grade 4 learners to have whole word recognition vocabulary of between 5,000 and 10,000 words; and to be able to read at a speed of 123 words per minute.

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