Kha ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign
Kha ri Gude (Tshivenda for 'let us learn') invites adults who missed out on their schooling, and who cannot read or write, to join one of about 20 000 literacy classes that held all over South Africa, starting on 14 April 2008. Enabling the right to literacy is one of the greatest gifts that any government can give its people, since it opens so many opportunities for better understanding and, in South Africa, for realising the benefits brought about by our new democracy.
A statement by the Department of Education gives the background to the project.
Milestones (4 June 2008)
- The Kha Ri Gude Campaign was officially launched by the Minister of Education on 28 February 2008.
- From 29 February 2008 to 3 March 2008, 100 master trainers were trained in the requirements of the campaign as well as the use of the materials developed for the campaign.
- Between 4 and 31 March 2008, mobilisation and training of 2 000 supervisors as well 20 000 volunteer facilitators took place.
- Learner and volunteer support materials are being printed and distributed to targeted sites of delivery around the country.
- In August 2007 Cabinet approved the funding to reach a target of 300 000 adult learners for 2008/09, who, at the norm of 15 learners per volunteer educator, required 20 000 volunteer educators to be appointed. Presently the campaign has in excess of 22 000 educators and with more than 328 000 learners enrolled.
- Braille materials in three languages (isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sepedi) have been adapted and are being printed. The adaptations of the other official languages are in process to ensure that these languages are embossed and ready for 2009. The adaptations to the standard materials have entailed converting all illustrations into “word stories” so that the teacher can read these to blind learners, and/or by eliminating the reliance of text on artwork. All things going well, the Kha Ri Gude Campaign will teach up to 2 000 blind people in 2008.
The Department of Education published a progress report in August 2009.
Transcript of media briefing on Cabinet meeting of 6 August 2008
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