Volkswagen Community Trust

Mngcunube Literacy Centre

17 May 2018

VWSA's commitment to ensuring that Grade 3 learners in the Uitenhage area are functionally literate received another boost on 26 February 2018 with the opening of a second Literacy Centre in Uitenhage. The Literacy Centre was opened at Mngcunube Primary School in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage.

In attendance were, Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, the Hon. Athol Trollip and the District Director of Education, Mr. Gorgonzola. The aim of the Centre, located in Mngcunube Primary School, is to provide structured literacy support to learners, teachers and parents.

In 2015, together with the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, the VW Community Trust (VWCT) launched a Literacy Programme where Volkswagen made a commitment to ensure that all learners in Uitenhage are functionally literate by the time they reach Grade 3.

This was then followed, by amongst others, the opening of the first Literacy Centre at Ntlemeza Primary School in 2017.

The five schools chosen for this Legacy project were, James Ntungwana, Mngcunube, Noninzi Luzipho, Ntlemeza and Vuba Primary Schools all situated in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage.

Volkwswagen spends at least 80% of its CSI budget on Education and Early Childhood Development, which includes the renovation of facilities; training and mentorship of teachers and parents/caregivers as well as the establishment of literacy centres.

"Leaving a legacy in the Uitenhage community is very important for us as a company. We realise it is a huge undertaking but we have to start somewhere. If we can have functionally literate Grade 3's moving into senior phase primary schools in the Uitenhage area, we will be leaving a legacy which will continue to grow as those learners move into society as literate individuals"; said, Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.