Words Can Change Worlds Campaign

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recently reported an unprecedented number of students worldwide are currently out of school during one of the largest and most widespread school shutdowns the world has ever seen.

In South Africa a large portion of school children cannot just move to online learning at home and a majority 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 2 and 3 child in our seven Shine Literacy Hour Centre schools.

Shine Literacy’s mission for 2020 right through to 2021 is to ensure that every Grade 2 and 3 child in our Shine Centre schools – St Agnes, St Paul’s, Prestwich, Rosmead, Good Hope, Zonnebloem and Walmer Primary School have access to reading resources through the Words Can Change Worlds campaign for the remainder of 2020, in term 3 and 4. We also plan to extend this to the Grade 1 children in the schools. From 2021, we will distribute the resource packs monthly.

This Campaign is dedicated to increasing children’s access to quality literacy resources and learning opportunities, and seeks to inspire parents, caregivers and communities to play an active role in promoting early literacy.

We would like to encourage you to join the Campaign by donating R140 to support the future of our children by ensuring they have access to early literacy and language resources.

Your contribution can ensure each child receives a reading resource such as:

  • A storybook;
  • A literacy game;
  • Creative writing material or the Little Issue magazine;
  • Parent packs with helpful tips on how parents can support children with paired and storybook reading.

Through our campaign, we hope that each child we access can spread the love of reading and share their books and games with other children in their families and communities. Their parents will also be able to join Shine Literacy’s Community of Practice where they will receive tips on how to develop a culture of reading at home.

This will help improve the literacy outcomes of young children and will strengthen a culture of reading in South African homes and communities.

Donations details:

Banking details for donations:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account name: Shine Trust
Account no: 072861339
Branch code: 020909
Reference: Packs

For a donation via SnapScan:

Please note that SnapScan charges a 3% transaction fee (R4.20 of R140). If you would like to avoid this, please pay directly into our bank account.

Visit our donation page here and find out more on how you can empower children through early literacy.