Based on empirical research in the education field, the foundation phase is a crucial level in a learner’s school career. In order for learners to succeed in their schooling and to achieve their dreams in life, they need to be able to read and write. Systemic, socio-economic and language difficulties barrier our learners on a daily basis. Solutions are needed to aid change.
Airports Company South Africa sponsors the ACSA Literacy Room Programme which provides a fun, step by step English literacy curriculum in schools. The curriculum is based on Words in Colour, by Caleb Gattegno. The phonics-based approach emphasizes that letters, symbols and words can be combined in many different ways resulting in notably accelerated learning. The success of the programme hinges on the application of our pedagogy, full utilization of the resources as well as educators able to use the pedagogy and resources effectively.
The programme takes place in a specialized room designed for literacy in the schools,decorated and equipped to provide a safe, fun and engaging learning environment. Educators are trained in LTL’s literacy methodology and provided with educator manuals, workbooks, readers, games, toys and other resources critical to the programme’s success. ACSA supports 4 schools in the disadvantaged communities. The programme benefits over 2500 learners and 60 educators directly and indirectly. Schools participating in the programme enjoy improvements in their Grade 1 average English literacy scores by 10 to 20%!