Annual Report 2019

Shine Literacy is excited to share the 2019 Annual Report with you.

We hope that you will enjoy reading about the impact our programmes have made in the schools and communities we work in.

You can also read more about our programmes by clicking on the Shine Literacy Hour and Khanyisa reports found in the annual report.


Our support to you

We are experiencing one of the most severe health threats globally – the coronavirus which has had an impact on all aspects of our lives and poses great challenges to South Africa’s education system. 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.



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.

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.


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.

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