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Intsomi Vanguards: Parents for literacy development

Date Released: Thu, 16 November 2017 16:30 +0200

Phumezo Dukashe, Nomthandazo Mgqobele and Luleka Mhleli are three of seven parents who have become literacy development vanguards in their communities. They, at this year’s Rhodes University Community Engagement Awards received certificates of recognition for their tireless efforts.

These parents are part of the Intsomi Reading Programme, a programme designed for Rhodes University support staff with learners in primary school phases under their care. The programme seeks to promote literacy development in the home. Parents are encouraged to borrow books from the Intsomi Library fortnightly. The Intsomi library is located at the Rhodes University Community Engagement offices. There were 27 parents in total when the programme started in 2015.

Upon seeing the positive effects of the programme on their children, seven parents from the group of 27 decided that they want to share the benefits of reading at home with members of their own communities. As Rhodes University employees, they realised that other parents who are not employed by the university do not benefit from the programme. They produced flyers and posters to put up in community clinics, halls, churches and shops. These posters had their contact details on them so interested parents can be able to communicate and ask questions around literacy development in the home.

These parents also formed a relationship with Raglan Road Multipurpose Centre where they have discussions around literacy development with parents whose children attend the centre’s preschool. They encouraged the parents from the preschool to start making use of local libraries and start reading to/with their children at home to promote a reading culture.

The programme has grown since inception in 2015. More Rhodes University staff members joined and make use of the Intsomi Library.

For more on the Intsomi vanguards please see the below mini documentaries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A2u-J5B6o8&t=17s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-dlzXklldc&t=16s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7xKdhLPmmI&t=8s

Source:Community Engagement Directorate