LISTEN: We need to curb South Africa’s literacy crisis

Recently the 2030 Reading Panel, chaired by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, met to discuss South Africa’s literacy crisis and found that it will take 80 years before all 10 year olds can read for meaning. Pumza Ndamase, Project Lead of the Reading for Meaning Programme at the Zero Dropout Campaign, joins Host Aubrey Masango to discuss this. Reading for Meaning is an accelerated catch-up programme for learners using Pratham’s principle of Teaching at the Right Level. This approach focuses on a child’s learning needs rather than their age or what grade they’re in. The Reading for Meaning Programme has had great success and if implemented widely it will enable many learners to read for meaning and curb South Africa’s literacy crisis.