25 Mar 20 News Communities South Africa

Early years literacy training empowers Loeriesfontein parents

Parents have credited the Mainstream-sponsored literacy training programme for bringing them closer to their children

Young schoolchildren are benefiting from a new Mainstream-backed initiative to get parents involved in their home learning.

Twenty mums and dads in Loeriesfontein are now accredited parent-teachers after graduating from an eight-week mother-tongue literacy training programme that was run last year.

Each has now taken delivery of English and Afrikaans study books that will help build language skills and confidence in young learners between the ages of four and eight.

The Wordworks' Home-School Partnerships scheme, explained in the video opposite, was launched in the Northern Cape town last year with the support of Khobab Wind Farm, and has already been heralded a success by the community.

It is expected to have a direct impact on foundation learning, as literacy is a key driver for both language and mathematics.

And it’s not just the children who are benefiting either.

Joline Klaaste, Acting Principal at Loeriesfontein Primary School, explained: “This programme is not only about academics, but it also helps parents to build a relationship with their children.”

The activity-rich programme, which is fully aligned with the national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement teaching guidelines, is built around a story-based framework.

The directed play approach has been praised by parents, who have revealed how they have learnt to be more patient listeners, which in turn has helped to develop their child’s self-confidence.

Some also commented on how the programme has allowed them to learn from other parents.

Alichia Beukes, lead programme facilitator, said: “This programme helps parents to provide better support at home, develop their children’s literacy skills through play techniques and to fully appreciate that they are their children’s first teachers, an important and critical role in foundation phase development.”

Vanessa Fredericks, Economic Development Manager for Khobab Wind Farm, added: “We are so pleased to be moving forward with this programme. The first step was to train and accredit facilitators, who returned to facilitate the parent workshops; with the next step being to resource each and every home in which graduate parents reside with books.”

  • Mainstream developed, constructed and now operates Khobab Wind Farm and its sister project, Loeriesfontein 2, for our Africa joint venture, Lekela Power. With a generation capacity of 140 megawatts each, they collectively power around 240,000 South African households.