EXTRAORDINARY PLANS TO TEACH LITERACY DURING COVID
September 2020, Noupoort
Two dedicated literacy coaches put a plan in place to continue helping young learners during the school COVID-19 lockdown period, to make sure that they didn’t fall behind on their reading.
With the backing of their parents, twenty children in the Kwazamuxolo community of Noupoort have one-on-one coaching from Gcobisa Ncapayi and Zimbini Maqina, who are implementing the ‘Learn Ready Literacy’ programme in this Northern Cape town.
The programme, which is funded by Noupoort Wind Farm, has been running since 2017, with the aim of bringing all Grade 4 learners to the appropriate reading age. A total of 188 learners from Ikhwezi Lokusa Primary School, Eurekaville Intermediary School and Noupoort Combined School were assessed earlier this year, so that a literacy plan could be devised based on the outcome of the assessments, which indicated that many of the children weren’t reading at the level of their grade.
“It was an amazing experience to find ways to help learners during the health pandemic, as we needed to be able to ensure their safety too. Thankfully, we were able to continue with the programme by adjusting our approach,” explained Gcobisa Ncapayi, who is proud of the impact that she and Zimbini Maqina have made on the children in their community. “I enjoy seeing them growing intellectually and emotionally during their time in my care,” she said.
Noupoort Wind Farm pays the stipends for the two coaches through Spell It, which is their implementing partner. The monthly sponsorship also includes literacy material for the Grade 4 learners as well as training, coaching and mentoring for the reading coaches.
“These two coaches have been truly amazing, having demonstrated their unwavering dedication to the children of Noupoort, despite the town’s struggle with COVID-19,” concluded Sandisiwe Mntonintshi, Economic Development Manager for Noupoort Wind Farm.