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Ripple Reading Newsletter February 2017

Ripple Reading Newsletter

The goal of reading is to derive meaning

Classrooms across the nation are interspersed with students who don’t possess adequate reading comprehension skills to do what is expected of them. Without comprehension, reading is simply following words on a page from left to right while sounding them out. The words on the page have no meaning. That’s why Ripple Reading’s primary goal is to Build a model of effective intervention to teach reading with understanding. Reading comprehension skills are so important. Without them the reader cannot gather any information and use it to efficiently function and enjoy the richness of life.


Uber is taking literacy forward

We have partnered with Uber to get all guests to and from the event safely and in style!

All new users can sign up here with the promotional code: LITERACY, in order to receive a free first ride up to R100. To request your ride, simply download the free application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site:

Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. For questions, please contact Uber at


Woolworths MySchool – You can help us become a beneficiary
1.Print the attached form here
2.Complete it with beneficiary name “Ripple Reading”
3.Scan and send it back to me

That’s it!

And please forward onto family; friends; parents; award leaders to support us too!

In order to complete the process of becoming a beneficiary of my school card- we need 50 forms completed!

We could support more children in SA through the Programme with the funds raised through My School Card and see more young lives changed!

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

An awesome team from Multi Choice, led by Melt Loubser from Broadcast Technology Africa made a sustainable reading garden for us at Swartkop Valley Primary Farm School.

The ladies in charge Buhle and Cindy was hands-on from the first meeting. A project’s success is driven by teamwork, not just by individuals because it takes a combined effort to make a marvellous reading garden from nothing.

After a hard day’s work the team will definitely agree with Rudyard Kipling: “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” Thank you, we really do appreciate your effort.


Accolades!!! The stars:

This group of children had to read 24 books to participate in the annual Phendulani Quiz. Blair Atholl achieved second place, ONLY 4 points after the winners,

Taking hands and making a difference

Taking hands and making a difference!

Ripple Reading WON the ATKV “Handevat” Competition for 2016.

The project’s goal is to motivate a school or organization to tackle a constructive, sustainable project with a school in a disadvantaged community. The project, jointly undertaken, must be implemented in the disadvantaged community and for the benefit of the less privileged community. This project should have a long- term goal and be sustainable.

Ripple Reading initiated project “Handevat” (Joining hands) with Blair Atholl Primary School in 2014. It has been a privileged to be part of this National project changing lives in South Africa, crossing the bridges in language, culture and communities. Finding a common language and a shared set of goals that can make a positive impact in people’s lives.


Unashamedly Ethical

Ripple Reading received recognition from Unashamedly Ethical. Since its inception in 2000, Unashamedly Ethical’s focus has been to promote ethics, values and clean living. The cornerstones of their strategy are aligned with three pillars namely commitment to ethics, values and clean living. We are proud to have achieved this acknowledgement.

The Voice of Business

The Voice of Business – Rocci

The Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Business of the year awards.

Ripple Reading was proud to receive a Gold Award at the area’s premier business event.
A sell-out crowd of 500 watched the awards presented at the Silverstar Casino on Saturday night at the ROCCI/FNB Annual business awards.



We are continuously asked to quantify and justify why we do what we do as a non-profit organisation. In order to do this we have spend many hours to do this with a powerful pitch until we found this explanation for the Economic and Social Cost of Illiteracy.

“One can put figures on the social cost in terms of welfare payments or the burden on the health system. But the real, opportunity cost, will never be known. These are the costs of lost opportunities to create individual financial wealth, encourage entrepreneurs, build healthier and more stable families whose members can make a productive contribution to all areas of society”. World literacy foundation.

We are moving forward

We are moving forward

We are proud to announce that we have increased our footprint to include Vilage primary School in Maitland, Cape Town.

Although I have visited many school before, this was my first visit to Garden Village Primary School in Maitland Cape Town. I was not sure what I would find. Maitland is situated along a number of important transport networks connecting the Cape Town city bowl to the rest of the city. The school is situated in a quiet neighbourhood of Maitland.

Everyone, from the librarian, secretaries, teachers and the principal made me feel at home. Garden Village Primary School is a place that gives me hope and strengthen my belief in great principals and amazing teachers.

What does our audience say

The following are extracts from some of the letters of appreciation.

  • Esther Magagula and Kutlwano Modisakwane were new to Blair Atholl and found learning very difficult. Esther and Kutlwano can work independently and they are now interested to know what is going on around them in class. Ripple Reading played a very important role in their education.
  • Clara has improved since attending the Ripple Reading Programme. She can independently read simple sentences and can from words using blends and phonics that are used in class. She answers questions during lesson discussions and knows what is expected of her most of the time. She participates in storytelling and makes up her own stories based on pictures she is looking at. Learner’s performance shows that they are benefiting from the programme. This remedial programme is effectively helping us to achieve our goals.
  • Ramoema Kgothatso has improved a lot since attending the class. His writing is very good and he is participating a lot in class especially during class discussion (i.e. answering questions about the story read to him). Other learners are now able to speak freely in class (before attending the Ripple Class they were always quiet in class)
  • Ms Mogoai is an enthusiastic and dedicated instructor. Class teachers cannot always help everyone in a big class. Her role takes the pressure off the teachers and at the same time improves the learner’s results.
  • Ms Elize Bates started reading with 15 learners from my class at the beginning of the year. She has done superb work as 95% of them can now read, are able to spell correctly and know how to use the correct punctuation. She has changed the learner’s attitude to reading as they now enjoy reading more than anything.
  • I Ms. Sebothoma, Gr3 C Educator would like to confirm that the programme was absolutely great. Since the implementation, my learners have benefited a lot. They are able to read simple words on their own more especially those who have been struggling. Those who were fluent readers have mastered the pace in reading and have grown in confidence as well. I would like to continue with the project in future as I have seen a great change especially dealing with large numbers in a grade.

What an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher! Ms. Bates is reliable, well organised and takes initiative.

Against all odds, Ms Bates coped well with a group of learners while working under a tree, giving her all to ensure that effective teaching and learning took place. Thank you for your enthusiasm and that you are so excited to work with learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our learners are fortunate to have you.