About Shine-BU


We offer language and literacy support programmes in 24 primary schools. Our reach includes the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu- Natal. We offer training to organisations such as churches, community centres as well as to individuals who share our passion to get children reading and, in this way, address South Africa’s educational crisis.


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It was found that of the Grade Three children in those schools sampled, only 17% scored more than 50% in their numeracy assessment and only 31% scored more than 50% in their literacy test. Minister of Education, Angie Motshekga said that among Grade Three children, the national average performance in literacy was 35%; and in numeracy, 28% (Department of Education, 2012).

This does not bode well for education in South Africa, as numerous studies have shown that mastering the skills taught in the Foundation Phase is essential for a child to reach his potential. A myriad of factors contribute towards these poor results, including large class sizes, inadequate learning resources and disempowered parents.

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The Shine programme aims to address this through providing structured ‘one on one’ or ‘two on one’ support, the provision of storybooks and readers and empowering parents through training workshops.

We collaborate with like-minded NGO’s and non-profit organisations (see here), to raise awareness and create understanding of what children need on their reading journey and the barriers that they encounter on the way.

Find reports and interesting information. (click here)


Shine Board Members

Kay Price-Lindsay: BA Psychology, Anthropology and Drama (UCT)
Kathryn Torres (Chairperson): BA Ed Honours (Roehampton College, London)
Di Turpin (Treasurer): B. Business Science Honours (UCT)
Khethiwe Cele:
Amanda Simpson (Secretary): BA LLB B.Com Honours (UCT)
Xolisa Guzula: BA Prim Ed (UCT), MPhil Education Administration, Planning and Social Policy (UCT)
Alex Levetan: Owner & Creative Director of Communications Agency All Brand No Flakes