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Date Released: Tue, 19 June 2012 09:00 +0200

Grant Griesel and Julie-Anne Lothian, members of the Inkwenkezi Society, visited the Lebone Centre in Currie Street, project of the ICDP Trust, at the beginning of the 2010 and volunteered to be involved specifically in our supportive reading programmes. At the stage we wanted to extend the Love Reading Club to include literacy programme that would address the current low literacy levels of Children in the three surrounding schools.
They were extremely enthusiastic, but I must admit I remembered my own varsity days and somehow questioned their long-term enthusiasm and commitment- how wrong they proved this thought of mine. Grant and Julie-Anne went on holiday to Cape Town, contacted Dr Shelley O’Carroll, the author of Wordworks, and attended training (all at their own cost and in holiday time). Back in Grahamstown they trained other fellow Rhodes students who belonged to their society, copied and made the training packs and implemented the programme during 2010with 15 Grade 4 pupils from each of the following schools: Grahamstown primary  and  St. Mary’s Primary. Meetings with teachers and Lebone Centre staff were held at the beginning of 2011 and it was decided to implement the programme with Grade 2 pupils from these schools.
This Society and their members are of incredible value to the Grahamstown community. They are responsible, organised, enthusiastic and go-getters and an asset to work with. I look forward to a long-term relationship with this society and its members.   

By Annelies Maritz, Lebone Centre Manager: ICDP Trust

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