Despite governments efforts to increase access to Grade R education, little has been done to improve the quality. South Africa has a known literacy crisis.
Children entering Grade 4 begin to learn content, based on the assumption that in the previous 3 years of school they have mastered reading for meaning. This is not the case in South Africa, where 78% of children in Makhanda cannot read for mean before Grade 4. This puts children on a constant ‘back foot’ for their school career, often leading to academically not coping.
BuddingQ was designed to address this literacy crisis in a play-based manner, where it most matters…in Grade R, while pre-literacy skills are being developed. Volunteers are trained by fellow students who have taken the Community Psychology Elective in their Honours year. Through 15 session in the year, they engage with children to develop their fine and gross motor skills with the aim of improving the foundations required for formal literacy education when they enter Grade 1.
BuddingQ has been running in this format since 2019. 2020 has shown significant growth with several groups approaching RUCE to use the methodology in their own partnerships. Below are some numbers to depict our growth and success:
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