Ripple Reading continues to strive for excellence as we encourage learning in children by means of specialised one-on-one remedial attention. Our focus is on making the process of learning to read and write fun, whilst, at the same time, teaching the children an array of important life skills.
Ripple Reading ended 2013 on a high note.
We want to thank Deon and Zohra Smith who helped us to throw a Christmas Party for more than 800 children at Lion Park Primary School at the end of 2013. The boys ended the year with a great camp at Bayete where life skills were taught and many lessons learnt. Everybody will remember the adventures and the fun that they had! Our girls were all treated to a full day of fun and interesting lectures at Achterberg in Krugersdorp. All of those children will be able to use their new, boosted life skills in the upcoming school year and beyond.
Over the past two months, we’ve been working hard gearing up for the year ahead at our literacy centre, and applying for 2015 bursaries for both high school and university. We are currently training a new literacy volunteer and will start to document specific case studies that will measure our rate of success. We are happy to announce that small improvements are presenting themselves on a weekly basis, and the children are both learning AND having fun – which makes them want to keep coming back!
We welcome our new volunteers:
- Josanne Adam, Registered Trauma Counsellor
- Romany Grove, Geologist and English language teacher, with a Masters in Science Education and an MBA
- Nina Williams, Bachelor of Education: Foundation Phase, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
- Portia Refiloe – Matriculated in 2009 and will be a general assistant.
We are excited about the involvement of The University of Pretoria. The Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (Faculty of Education) will be doing a formative evaluation design. This design will assist us in improving the programme and will enable us to do a quasi-experimental design in future that can be used for providing evidence of the intervention’s success.
Ripple Reading wants to thank all our sponsors for their financial assistance. We would like to extend a special thank you to Murray and Roberts, which is now part of the network of sponsors, as well as Rivers Church Foundation. If you would like more information about how to become a volunteer or how to make a donation, please contact Riana Robinson – firstname.lastname@example.org