Last year, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) released the results of their Annual National Assessment (ANA) which focused on the numeracy and literacy levels for Grades 3 and 6. The results were alarmingly low with Grade 3 literacy and numeracy at 35% and 28% respectively and Grade 6 levels at 28% for literacy and 30% for numeracy.
The results of the ANA are used by the DBE to facilitate better learning at schools and highlight areas where further intervention is required.
"Liberty understands the importance of education and is committed to developing our future leaders by starting with our learners," says Killy Bacela, head of marketing for Liberty's emerging consumer markets. "This year, we have partnered with government to address the low levels of literacy and numeracy in primary school children by piloting a programme within targeted primary schools across South Africa to provide foundation phase teacher/learner aids that are curriculum aligned."
In line with key learning areas
The toolkit consists of a set of eight engaging posters designed to ensure the children are absorbed in the education session as the posters make use of the mascot Lerato. The posters are aligned to key learning themes and provide the learners with an understanding of the basics they need to get a kick-start to a successful future. Liberty is also providing learning and teaching aids in the form of CAPS-aligned workbooks that teachers can use to interactively engage learners. Liberty has identified 20 primary schools across South Africa who will receive the learning aids.
"Our philosophy is to invest in real and measurable community development, specifically within the education space. Through this exciting new initiative we are able to provide young learners with the tools they need to improve themselves while also ensuring the teachers have the tools they need to assist their learners," Bacela explains.
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