Words Can Change Worlds Campaign

Help give a child more reading and language opportunities


In South Africa a large portion of school children still have minimal literacy resources at home. More than ever children need to have their own home library of books, magazines and writing resources.

With this in mind we have prepared Shine Literacy packs for every Grade 1, 2 and 3 child in our Shine Literacy Hour Centre schools and Chapter schools.

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Annual Report 2020

Shine Literacy is excited to share the 2020 Annual Report with you.

We hope that you will enjoy reading about the impact we made in the schools and communities we work in as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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a nation of readers


Through our simple, yet effective literacy programme we believe our vision for South African children can become a reality.



Creating a nation of readers

Early literacy skills are linked to academic success. Shine Literacy supports South Africa’s children to become skilled and enthusiastic readers in the foundation phase. This is a survey of evidence with particular reference to Shine Literacy’s programmes.

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Shine Literacy hour 2019

The primary objective of this programme is to get more children reading and writing at an age-appropriate level and ultimately resulting in improved educational outcomes. Children work with a trained volunteer twice a week for two hours, during the school day.

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The objective of this programme is to create a culture of reading in schools by increasing access to readers and exciting books, training teaching staff in ways to promote a love of reading and making reading a daily practice by giving children more reading opportunities in the classroom.

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Shine Literacy Hour handbook

The Shine Literacy Hour is an early intervention programme, giving support with reading, writing and language to children in Grades 2 and 3. Trained volunteers, work with one or two children at a time, providing a level of attention that is not always possible in the classroom. This Shine Literacy Hour handbook is a volunteer key resource explaining content, methodology and materials used during the Shine Literacy Hour.

To find out more about Shine Literacy Hour contact info@shineliteracy.org.za