Coronation Reading Adventure Room (CRAR)
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.
The innovative Coronation Reading Adventure Room (CRAR) programme provides a fun, step by step English literacy curriculum to support educators and learners in South Africa. 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 dedicated room in the school; decorated and equipped to provide a safe, fun and engaging learning environment. Educators are trained in the methodology and provided with educator manuals, workbooks, readers, games, toys and other resources critical to the programme’s success. The programme commenced in 2010 with 4 disadvantaged schools and has increased to 19 in 2015. The programme benefits over 2500 learners and 60 educators directly this year. Schools participating in the programme enjoy improvements in their Grade 1 average English literacy score by between 10 to 20%!
In addition to improving literacy results, the programme’s further outcomes include:
- Learners and educators more confident
- Awakened desire for knowledge
- Expanded frame of reference
- Becoming a balanced, prepared learner
- Higher social IQ
- Increased creativity
Literacy is not only an issue affecting people on a national scale, but rather a global concern leading to greater social ills.