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VOLKSWAGEN HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL LITERACY CONFERENCE
|Date: 21 Nov 2017
||Author Type: Press Release
|Author: Volkswagen South Africa
|Source: Volkswagen South Africa
- Third Annual VW Legacy Literacy Conference held in Uitenhage
- The Vision is to ensure all learners in Uitenhage are functionally literate by the end of Grade Three
Three years ago the Volkswagen Community Trust
launched an ambitious initiative that was aimed at promoting meaningful
literacy in the first 10 years of a child's life. Today, three years
later the results show that Volkswagen Group South Africa through the
Volkswagen Community Trust are making head way.
The theme for this year's Conference is
"Reading4Meaning" The Building Blocks. The two main aims of this
year's Conference was to look at the results of the survey conducted with
Rhodes University and also to highlight the impact of the interventions which
the Community Trust have implemented in the local Uitenhage schools.
This two-day conference started off on 15 November
where 200 children from eight local primary schools and 100 parents attended
various workshops and programmes. The Legacy Literacy Programme does not
only focus on helping and educating children but also on making sure teachers
and parents have the tools and the training at their disposal to educate and
assist their children. This holistic approach was heralded as a
"success" by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, who once
again attended as a key note speaker.
In her address, Minister Motshekga said "We
know we have a crisis - our children can't read. So on behalf of the Department
I am very pleased to give our sincere thanks to VW for taking action and making
a difference in the Uitenhage community. The partnerships being cultivated and
the lessons being learnt in this Metro can be used in the education sector and
are highly commendable." said Minister Motshekga.
Executive Mayor Athol Trollip also endorsed the
work being done by Volkswagen and said: "Having the Minister of Basic
Education here today is the greatest endorsement for this programme. Education
is so critical and we thank Volkswagen for going beyond normal CSI
Since the launch of the literacy programme the
Volkswagen Community Trust together with its partners have developed and
implemented a comprehensive literacy programme in five Primary Schools in
Uitenhage. This has effectively changed the lives of over 1300 learners and 30
teachers but the actual impact on the community is far bigger than this number.
Teaching a child so that they are functionally literate means that they can
read to younger siblings, parents, grandparents who may not be able to read,
which can open up a world of opportunity to the whole family.
"We will continue to raise awareness of the
importance of functional literacy in the foundation phase of learning.
The only way we can succeed is if corporates, government, educational
institutions and NGO's work together. The results achieved in the last
three years are really encouraging but we have to keep going. If we can
continue to have functionally literate and confident Grade 3's that can read
for meaning, move into Grade 4, we have done our job!" said Thomas
Schaefer Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.
VWSA has invested more than R100 million on CSI
projects during the Trust's existence. There has been a strong emphasis on
education, youth development, enterprise development, health, community and
wellbeing. In addition, environmental initiatives and employee volunteerism
have also been focused upon.