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Organisation in the spotlight:Help2Read

Written by: Sithandwa Ngwetsheni

Help2read is a non-profit on a mission to erase illiteracy in South Africa. Their work seeks to address systemic risks that are founded on low levels of literacy in South Africa’s school going children.

Over the last 10 years, they’ve worked in over 200 schools and helped 12,700 children learn to read. Their literacy intervention programmes are run at public primary schools in the Western Cape and Gauteng, and provide children who struggle to read with one-on-one attention from a volunteer Reading Helper or community Literacy Tutor. Through consistent literacy input, reading help and fun activities, the children that participate in our programmes not only learn to read, they fall in love with it.

On the 5th of December they launched the #ReadingHelper-campaign. The campaign seeks to honour the organisation’s Volunteer Reading Helpers, ordinary citizens who volunteer their time every week to help children learn to read, and to encourage more literate people to sign up to volunteer their time in 2017.

Over the course of the two-week campaign, help2read will showcase its diverse volunteer base through the use of photo stories shared on Social Media; stories that highlight the diverse lives and interests of volunteers. Volunteers will share their experience of being Reading Helpers, and how teaching others to read has impacted their lives.

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