Volkswagen Community Trust

Community Trust Supports Programme for Educators

31 August 2019

As part of its goal to promote literacy among learners under the age of 10 years, VWSA has invested R4 million towards training the educators responsible for teaching Eastern Cape learners to read. VWSA has partnered with Funda Wande, an organisation aimed at improving the reading ability of learners from Grades 1 to 3. The Reading4Meaning programme offered by Funda Wande is designed to equip Foundation Phase educators to teach and encourage reading – both in learners’ home language and in English as an additional language. Funda Wande project director Nic Spaull said the support from VWSA has already proved vital in the organisation’s work. “The VWSA investment in the early stages of the Funda Wande programme helped us to raise the status of early grade reading and reading for meaning in South Africa,” said Spaull. “The literacy skills we give to our children will equip and empower them for the successes they achieve in the future,” said VWSA Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Schaefer. “We intend to do our part to ensure they have the best chance at a bright future – and improving literacy in the Eastern Cape and South Africa is the first step."