It has disrupted the ‘normal’ lives of many children, their parents, caregivers, and teachers. With the vast inequalities in a country like ours, the impact of the pandemic will be deeply felt and will have amplified and long-term consequences.
Shine Literacy has been guided by two principles that have influenced our decisions of what to do in light of the pandemic.
Right now we can only take our cue from government regulations. As a result, our centres in the schools remain closed and all training workshops are on pause.
In the meantime, we are busy ensuring that our Shine Literacy Hour Programme can be used as an EFAL Programme (English First Additional Language). Our focus has also been on making multilingual learning resources available to teachers, parents and caregivers.
We also pledge our support to the ongoing strategies and resources being made available to promote remote learning in order to reduce the impact that the pandemic has on education.
As an organisation, we are concerned with how this impact will be felt disproportionately by low-income communities, especially children missing out on their important meal of the day that they would usually get at school.
We have partnered with the Wynberg CAN community and together we have been able to raise funds and deliver a weekly food parcel to feed 130 families in the Bonnytoun settlement over the last few weeks. Please consider joining us in this cause and help those in need by donating here.
Government regulation will make it mandatory for everyone working in a school including school children to wear a mask. Our concern is that the majority of parents cannot afford to buy masks for children. Please consider making a donation to ensure that every child in a Shine Literacy school will have two cloth masks of their own. You can donate here and put the word ‘mask’ as a reference so we can set this donation aside for this cause.
Our website has been zero-rated so that you can support children in your home or immediate community without having to worry about the cost of data. Below we have rounded up some online learning and support resources for you. We will be adding our own open-source resources in the next few weeks.
UNESCO has published a list of educational applications, platforms, and resources aimed to help parents, teachers, schools and school administrators to facilitate learning and provide social care and interaction during periods of school closure.
Read the National Association of Social Change Entities’ (NASCEE) response to the Department of Education’s plan to reopen schools based on the Standard Operating Procedures for containment and management of COVID-19.
FunDza’s Reading for Meaning resources are available via WhatsApp. All you need to do is send “hello” to 0600 54 8676. You will get access to Fundza stories and resources for teachers & parents.
Take a look at the Corona Virus Orientation Guidelines for schools here. The guidelines are designed to orientate staff and learners to the many fundamental changes to the school learning environment.
A legal support hotline is available for potential human rights violations during the lockdown. To report any human rights violations, you can call the legal support line at +27 66 076 8845. Or the Child Emergency Line which can be reached for free at 0800 123 32.